Information and scroll to the bottom for what you can do to help after Friday's 9.0 earthquake in Japan.
Where to get information:
NHK world TV Live free app for Iphone
Japan Meterological Agency / Earthquake information
Google Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Page
The situation now in Tokyo
Bus to narita airport
Information about how to protect yourself in an earthquake.
I have also pasted the information below. If you are in Japan, please print this out for your go-bag especially for the numbers and shelters.
What to carry
ID - Passport
Water (3 liters per person per day)
Emergency provisions (canned food etc)
Mobile phone and portable charger
Towels (about 5)
Flashlight - Torch
Garbage bag, the bigger the better (use for protection against cold, precipitation, as a container)
Rubber bands (a few will do)
Newspapers (protection against cold)
Pictures of family (so you can find them if you are separated)
Sanitary goods (feminine hygiene products)
Cushion/pillow (if possible. To protect your head)
Can opener or small knife (if you plan to remain evacuated for a period)
( I also had wet wipes in my go-bag)
In case of an emergency
Open windows/doors to secure exits
Put your things at the entrance
Wear thick-soled shoes ( I wore mine in my house in case)
Close the main tap (gas)
Charge your phone while you can
In case of a power failure, shut down the circuit breaker (unplug everything before you do this, if possible)
Be prepared for the tremors to continue for 24 hours
emergency message board dial 171
leave phone calls to a minimum
ok to use Skype
watch out for fraud calls by people pretending to be police
stay away from: cabinets, refrigerators, bent walls, leaning poles, narrow streets, bodies of water
watch out for broken glass
move to higher ground if you are located near the ocean
wear a helmet or hat
wear a mask or cover mouth with damp towel
go toward the wind in case of fire
stop driving, park at the side of the street
if you have a car, open windows
NTT official information
Connection of public phones are prioritized during natural disasters.
They can be used for free (excluding international calls)
How to make a call for free:
・green analog public phones
Press the emergency button, or insert a jyu-en dama (10 yen). Your coin will be returned after the call.
・digital public phones
No card/cash necessary, just pick up the receiver.
Emergency message board
1. dial 171
2. Press 1
3. Dial home phone
4. Record message
FOR INFO ON VICTIMS:
2. Press 2
3.dial victim’s number
4. Play recorded mesesage
NHK Safety Information Broadcast
NHK will be broadcasting safety information.
We accept any and all info of you and your family’s situaion.
Messages are also welcome.
Please call below,
Google Person Finder
Safety Information on Google
Emergency Message Boards (for Individual phone companies)
NTT East Japan http://www.ntt-east.co.jp/saigai/voice171/
SOS Emergency Numbers
Ambulance/Fire Department: 119
In case of emergency near the sea: 118 (Japan Coast Guard)
List: Evacuation Sites
Manual for Earthquakes
NHK Disaster Information
Disaster Information for Individual Regions
Tokyo is currently experiencing shortages on food and supplies. If you are in Tokyo please buy only what you need. My friends Grandmother is elderly and had to walk to three shops to get what she needed so please consider others at this scary time. Be careful of scaremongering and other false information from untrusted media.
I have made a list of the people I am following on twitter for information about the quake. Twitter has been invaluable for me through this disaster. You can also follow Hello Sandwich Twitter
as I am constantly updating and retweeting with information.
I am selling the PDF of my Hello Sandwich Gift Wrapping for $5 and all money raised will go to the Red Cross to support survivors and rebuild Japan. PLEASE HELP. Please donate and ask your friends to donate.
Here is some good information about other places to donate. You can also donate through my friends raffles here and here.