International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has organised from 1 to 5 October 2018 an International symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public at Vienna, Austria. Nine international societies including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) cooreprated in the symposium, and more than 500 communications experts, media and journalists brought together and exchanged on approaches and expertise about the best ways to “Communicate Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public.“
JRCS Second Meeting of Nuclear Emergency Medical Care Advisors (FY2018)
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) held the second meeting of Nuclear Emergency Medical Care (NEMC) Advisors for FY 2018 on December 20-21, 2018. On the first day, they advanced the discussion on the subjects carried over from the previous meetings, including hoped-for ways of hospital support in the event of a nuclear emergency, and the designing of training programs for the nuclear disaster response basic training sessions. Additionally, in a session titled “Revisiting the Response to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident”, Shoichi Kishinami (Director of General Affairs and Organizational Development Division) and Yoshihiro Kubo (Director and Deputy Director of Volunteers Division) gave respective presentations. On the second day, participants took a tour of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
JRCS Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions
Having learned salutary lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, the Japanese Red Cross Society has held Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions starting FY 2014, to ensure safe and secure operation of relief activities in radioactive environments carried out by the relief team members and other first responders. The objectives of the training are for the participants to acquire a basic knowledge of radiation and develop special capabilities for manipulating radiation protection equipment and gear including how to use them. Starting FY 2016, the training has been organized separately by each geographical block, which was created dividing Japan into six regions. In FY 2018, the training sessions were held for the Second Block (Kanto-Koshinetsu area) and the Fourth Block (Kinki area).
Participation in FY2018 Nuclear Emergency Drill Held in Aomori Prefecture
The Aomori chapter of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) participated in a nuclear emergency drill on November 10 and 11, 2018. It was organized by the Aomori prefectural government and staged in 6 municipal areas including Higashidoori Village.This drill simulated a scenario where an earthquake with an epicenter off the coast of the Pacific Ocean side of Aomori Prefecture struck with a shaking intensity level 6 and caused damage to the reactor core in Unit No. 1 of Higashidori Nuclear Power Station, triggering a release of radioactive substances.
Revision of the JRCS internal guidance documents
related to nuclear emergencies, including the Guidelines
and the Manual
In November 2018, the Japanese Red Cross Society made changes to some internal guidance documents. That is, the “Nuclear Disaster Guidelines for Preparedness, Response and Recovery” and the “Manual for Relief Activities under Nuclear Disasters” were partially modified along with the “Standards for Relief Activities during Nuclear Disasters”. Accordingly, the former “Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors” was renamed to “Meeting of Nuclear Emergency Medical Care Advisors”.