JRCS Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session for the First Block (FY 2017)
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) held a Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session during 2 days on June 3-4, 2017, at the Japanese Red Cross Ishinomaki Hospital.
In the FY 2017, the training sessions were scheduled to be organized separately in the First (Hokkaido and Tohoku), Third (Tokai and Hokuriku), and Fifth (Chugoku and Shikoku) Blocks. In the First Block, they carried out the session in Miyagi Prefecture, where a nuclear power plant is located, adapting the program to the geographical uniqueness of the nuclear power plant area, as well as to the situation of the JRC Chapters and their facilities. Unlike the historical Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions carried out until the FY 2016 that ran as a one-day session, the program for this year has been changed to a 2-day session taking into account the time for the participants to travel from their work places to the venue. Its contents have also been enhanced with additional new lectures.
In cooperation with Miyagi Prefecture, we were able to incorporate lectures on their community disaster management plan and nuclear disaster medical care system into the program as part of the new lectures. Personnel in charge at Miyagi Prefecture explained as to how the residents in the affected area would be evacuated and how the nuclear disaster medical care would be provided.
Additionally, Dr. Naoyuki Yamamoto, Director, Radiation Emergency Medicine Research Center, Nuclear Safety Research Association, gave a special lecture on the training scheme for radiation emergency medical care professionals included in the Nuclear Emergency Response Guidelines of the Japanese government. This attracted the close attention of the attendees.
The second day session was joined by 10 members of the Republic of Korea National Red Cross, who had visited Japan to see how the JRCS endeavors respond to nuclear disaster for the objective of improving their capabilities to deal with nuclear emergency in Korea. The group are the staff members in charge of disaster preparedness working in the prefectures where nuclear plants are located. They learned how to use a digial personal dosimeter and how to put on and remove the protection gear. They also observed a group work to plan the JRCS relief team activities envisioning an accident taking place at the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant.
Information of the following lectures are also available via each link below. (Only in Japanese)
Miyagi Prefecture Community Disaster Management Plan to Prepare for Nuclear Disaster (focusing on Nuclear Disaster Preparedness) and Extended Zone Evacuation Plan [PDF]
Nuclear Disaster Medical Care System in Miyagi Prefecture [PDF]
Training of Radiation Emergency Medicine/ Nuclear Disaster Medical Care [PDF]
3. Feedback from Participants
- I keenly felt the imperativeness of the radiological technologists’ role and our crucial mission of securing safety of responders.
- Each member of the JRCS relief teams needs to acquire basic knowledge required at times of nuclear disaster.
- It was informative to learn how to use the personal dosimeter. The group work gave us a good chance to reflect how we should take action as a team.
- It was impressive that, in the communication with the affected people in the wake of nuclear disaster, psychological status among the victims was, “Although I logically understand it’s safe, I can’t help feeling scared”; I realized careless encouragement and pressing logical facts would be improper.