Disaster Prevention Measures for Your Daily Life - 3

It is an unfortunate fact that some people believe their homes and living spaces don't require checks to see the degree to which they can withstand earthquakes. But in just the same way that a regular health check is important for your body, so too is a check for your house or apartment.

In an earthquake readiness test, various things such as the position of furniture, the supports on the building, its foundation, etc. are checked to see how well it can withstand a large-scale earthquake. Buildings made before 1981 are said to be weak against earthquakes.

In a test held by the prefectural government, it was predicted that as many as 2,500 people could die due to collapsing buildings if the Nankai earthquake were to occur right now. These are lives that can be saved if buildings are properly built against such an inevitability. This is why it is important to undertake a check and see if your home is in good stead. You can apply for a test at your nearby municipal office. Those buildings deemed unsafe need to be worked on until they are clear.

Looking after your home is just one of the many things you can do to protect yourself against the occurance of a natural disaster.
2008Tokushima Prefecture