Blind Braille Disability Disasters Japan

Training to open a “welfare shelter” for disabled and elderly in disasters held in western Japan

"Training to open a "welfare shelter" that accepts victims who need assistance such as disabled people when a disaster occurs was held in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture on the 17th March. Approximately 40 people, including nine visually impaired people and city and center staff, participated in the training conducted at the Shiga Prefectural Center for the Visually Impaired in Hikone City."

Written with extracts from From NHK

17th March 2019

SHIGA – Training to open a “welfare shelter” that accepts victims who need assistance such as disabled people when a disaster occurs was held in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture on the 17th March.

Approximately 40 people, including nine visually impaired people and city ward staff, participated in the training conducted at the Shiga Prefectural Center for the Visually Impaired in Hikone City.

As for the training, if an earthquake which observes shaking of earthquake intensity 6 strong occurs in the city, it is planned that a “welfare shelter”  is to accept victims who needs support such as disabled people and elderly persons.

A city representative reported on the number of disabled people that the center wants to accept, and asked them to prepare to open a shelter.

When the staff used a desk or cardboard in the room they used as shelters and the partitions were made, people with visual impairments commented that it would be helpful if there were a space or a bed to sit on.

People with disabilities checked the convenience of the shelter by moving to places where food could be distributed by relying on Braille blocks.

A 70-year-old man who participated in the training said, “Because blind people can not walk freely in general shelters, setting up welfare shelters is appreciated.”

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