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.
Revision of the JRCS’s guidelines and manual related to nuclear disasters
In March 2016, the Japanese Red Cross Society revised its “Nuclear Disaster Guidelines for Preparedness, Response and Recovery” and “Manual for Relief Activities under Nuclear Disasters”.
The 39th annual conference of the Society for Japanese Blood Programme
The annual conference of the Society for Japanese Blood Programme (Society) was held on October 4-6, 2015 in Osaka City.The Society holds an annual conference with a theme to discuss a stable supply of safe blood products. The theme in Japanese for 2015 means: “For smiles to shine again”.
For the conference, the Society organized a workshop whose Japanese title means: “Toward new crisis management arrangements - Never forget the day. -“ Masahito Yamazawa, Director General, Disaster Preparedness Planning Task Force of Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) gave a lecture entitled “Development of JRCS Nuclear Disaster Guidelines for Preparedness, Response and Recovery”.
JRCS Second Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors (FY2015)
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) held the JRCS Second Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors (FY 2015) on December 3-4, 2015. The meeting was joined by physicians and radiological technologists working at Japanese Red Cross hospitals, who have been assigned as radiation emergency medical care advisors (REMC advisors) by the JRCS. They discussed how the JRCS should build relief arrangements to prepare for nuclear disasters.
Law school students who study disasters and laws visited the NDRC
On January 8, 2016, the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) had 16 visitors (professors and students) from University of Pennsylvania Law School. The Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Resource Center (NDRC) explained the JRCS’s nuclear disaster preparedness and response to them. Their trip to Japan was part of the special course of the Law School titled “Disasters and the Law”. Attended by Prof. Eri Osaka of Toyo University who is currently studying at the University of Pennsylvania, they visited the Secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, and Fukushima Prefecture, which was affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake for field research.
Lecture at the 35th Academic Conference of Japan Academy of Nursing Science
The Japan Academy of Nursing Science organizes an annual conference each year. In 2015, the 35th Academic Conference was held in Hiroshima on December 5 and 6. As part of the program, there was a relay of lectures entitled “Health effects from nuclear disasters and emergency response”. Masahito Yamazawa, Director General of Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Resource Center of the Japanese Red Cross Society, gave one of the lectures entitled “Efforts for Nuclear Disaster Preparedness as a relief organization”.
A side event of IFRC General Assembly sponsored by JRCS – How should we prepare for CBRN emergencies? –
On December 4, 2015, a side event of the 20th General Assembly of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC GA*) was held, which was sponsored by the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS). The theme was “How should we prepare for emergencies such as CBRN (chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear) and technological disasters?” The side event was chaired by Chairman of Pakistan Red Crescent Society. The panelists were Secretary General of Belarus Red Cross, Deputy Director General of International Department of JRCS, Head of Disaster and Crisis Management Department of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and an officer of Inter-Cluster Coordination Section of United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). About 130 participants in the IFRC GA from Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world joined the side event.
Participation in IAEA’s “International Conference on Global Emergency Preparedness and Response”
This international conference was positioned to conclude what was discussed at “Consultancy Meeting on Medical Follow up and surveillance of persons following radiation emergencies” which had taken place at the United Nations Office at Vienna in June earlier this year. The purpose of the conference was to share the current situation and response capabilities to emergencies of participating countries and discuss further enhancement of nuclear and radiological emergencies.
JRCS Second Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session (FY 2015)
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) organized and held the FY 2015 Second Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session at the JRCS Headquarters on November 6, 2015. The training session is part of the JRCS’s efforts to enhance preparedness for nuclear disasters based on lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The JRCS already provided this training twice during the last fiscal year, in November 2014 and February 2015 and once in this fiscal year in September. This was the fourth time that the training was held.