Efforts for nuclear disaster preparedness by the IFRC
In collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Japanese Red Cross Society has developed guidelines for nuclear disaster preparedness, established programs for education and training to prepare for nuclear disasters and disseminated information at home and abroad. This special content introduces the efforts which have been made by the International Federation since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.
The Fourth Reference Group Meeting on CBRN Emergency Preparedness
In November 2011, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) adopted a resolution on "preparedness to respond to the humanitarian consequences of nuclear accidents" at the 18th General Assembly. This was after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident (Fukushima Daiichi accident) which occurred in March 2011. Following the resolution, the reference group meeting was established by Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) Societies which are related to response to nuclear and radiological emergencies.
1st Anniversary of
Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Resource Center
The Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Resource Center (NDRC) commemorated the first anniversary of the center and the Digital Archives on October 1, 2014. The anniversary message from Tadateru Konoe, President of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) and the main activities conducted by the NDRC are posted.
The Third Reference Group Meeting on Nuclear & Radiological Emergency Preparedness
The Japanese Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) co-hosted The Third Reference Group Meeting on Nuclear & Radiological Emergency Preparedness in Fukushima from October 27 to 30, 2014.
The meeting was participated by National Societies from 16 countries, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the IFRC, and they deepened an understanding of the damage from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the current situation of the reconstruction and related challenges for nuclear emergency preparedness. Based on that, they discussed the Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response Guidelines.
Red Cross Smile Park
The Japanese Red Cross Society organized and conducted a mobile indoor-playground program “Red Cross Smile Park” in Fukushima. “Smile Park” was aimed at providing opportunities to freely play for children in Fukushima who could not fully play outdoors due to the radiation effects from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.
Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aid Report
Mobilizing people around the world
who desire to help
Over $1 billion have been donated from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world in 100 countries and regions. Many people's desire to help those who are suffering turned into the large amount of donation.
This report presents the recovery programmes from the disaster that were conducted by the JRCS encouraged by the warm compassion from the people.
Survey for Japanese Red Cross personnel on their relief activities
To understand the JRCS relief activities performed in Fukushima and put together the issues during the activities, the JRCS conducted a survey for the JRCS personnel involved in the relief activities. On this website, the report on the survey including the issues and interviews are available.
Sorry, below is available only in Japanese.
Messages from Relief Team Staff 2
– Nagaoka & Nagahama RC Hospital –
The Japanese Red Cross Society had no standards to follow, or no materials/equipment necessary to guarantee the safety of relief team members, in the event of a nuclear disaster. Therefore, the teams were forced to step-back from the activity sites at that moment. The truth from staff who were involved in the painful decision making process against their mission is posted.
Messages from Relief Team Staff
– Fukushima RC Hospital –
The relief team staffs were at the sites where disaster occurred. What was really happening, what could help them, and what they thought during their relief activities at that time? The truth from staffs who were acting in confusion and under anxious is being posted here. Please visit.