Communication with Affected People
during a Nuclear Disaster
During the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident occurred in March 2011, accurate information was not shared and various opinions on health effects from radiation spread. Under this situation, affected people had to spend prolonged anxious days both physically and mentally due to anxiety and fear for radiation exposure. Relief team members who will face to affected people in a nuclear disaster highly likely have situations receiving inquiries or requests for advice from affected people about an accident and/or radiation. For this reason, by getting advice from experts the Japanese Red Cross Society developed a booklet describing how relief team members should communicate with affected people during a nuclear disaster.
JRCS Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) has held Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions (training sessions) since FY 2014 as one of its efforts to strengthen nuclear disaster preparedness, based on the lessons learned from its response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami as well as Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident. The JRCS divides the country into six operational blocks. Starting from FY 2016, the JRCS decided to organize the training session by each block. In FY 2016, the JRCS held the sessions for the Second (Kanto and Koshinetsu), Fourth (Kinki) and Sixth (Kyusyu and Okinawa) blocks.
Health Interview Survey and Health Assistance for People Who Evacuated from Namie Town to Iwaki City
The Japanese Red Cross Society and the Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing have jointly conducted a "Project for Health Interview Survey and Health Assistance for People Who Evacuated from Namie Town to Iwaki City" since October 2012. A report on the project activities conducted from October 2012 to October 2015 has just been published on the Digital Archives. The background, the activities and the survey results about the evacuees' health and needs are summarized in the report.
JRCS Second Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors (FY2016)
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) held the FY 2016 Second Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care (REMC) Advisors on December 12-13, 2016. The meeting was joined by physicians and radiological technologists working at Japanese Red Cross hospitals and assigned as REMC advisors. They discussed how the JRCS arrangements for nuclear disaster preparedness and response should be built.
Workshop on (Chemical, Biological), Radiological and Nuclear Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Societies plans to organize a Workshop on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery in Vienna on December 5-9, 2016. The workshop aims to help the National Societies to get better acquainted with the specificities of an operation in this special kind of emergencies and disasters and enable them to address the humanitarian needs of the affected population according to their mandate.
Preparedness for a complex disaster including a nuclear disaster
– Disaster drill by simulating a severe accident at the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant in Saga Prefecture –
On October 10, 2016, a large-scale nuclear disaster drill took place in Saga Prefecture in cooperation with Fukuoka and Nagasaki Prefecture by simulating a severe accident at the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant in Saga Prefecture. If a nuclear disaster occurs, large-scale evacuations including sheltering in place are expected. During this large-scale drill, the public including community residents, social welfare facilities and schools participated in exercises for sheltering in place and evacuation and an exercise for radiation emergency medical care was also held.
Fukushima Disaster Prevention Fair 2016
On October 15-16, 2016, Fukushima Disaster Prevention Fair 2016 was held at "Shikinosato" (Village of Four Seasons) in Fukushima City. Families with small children have few opportunities to learn about disaster prevention. This event was aimed at providing them with an opportunity to drop by the venue and see, touch and learn disaster prevention. This was the first disaster prevention fair which was organized and held by the Fukushima Prefectural Government, the JRCS Fukushima Chapter and a working committee for the fair.
The JRCS’s participation in the 3rd Asia Pacific National Societies
Disaster Management Conference
From September 21-23, 2016, the 3rd Asia Pacific National Societies Disaster Management Conference was held in Seoul, Korea under the theme: Towards Community Resilience. From the JRCS, a staff member participated in this conference. This conference was held based on the five-year strategy of the IFRC to discuss disaster management strategy in the Asia Pacific region.
JRCS First Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors (FY2016)
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) held the FY 2016 First Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors on July 21–22, 2016. The meeting was joined by physicians and radiological technologists working at Japanese Red Cross (JRC) hospitals, who have been assigned as radiation emergency medical care advisors (REMC advisors) by the JRCS. Some external specialists in radiation emergency medicine were invited to this meeting as guest speakers. The REMC advisors and the guests discussed how the JRCS should build its arrangements for relief activities in the event of a nuclear disaster.
Guide for safety management regarding staff living in an affected area in the event of a nuclear disaster
The JRCS developed a "Guide for safety management regarding staff living in an affected area in the event of a nuclear disaster" (Guide) to be used by Director Generals of Japanese Red Cross facilities. The Guide clearly describes operations and considerations which need to be taken in order to secure the safety and security of JRCS staff and their families who live in an affected area and other JRCS staff who are dispatched from non-affected areas and continue their activities in the affected area. A pocket-sized leaflet, an annex to the Guide, was also prepared. The leaflet is for JRCS staff and titled "For protecting yourself and your family in the event of a nuclear disaster", explaining basic knowledge about radiation.