Category: Disasters

Disability Disasters Japan

Japanese government approves bill to help the vulnerable in disasters

The legislation will also expand measures to help the elderly and the disabled to evacuate. The government aims to have it take effect from this year’s rainy season in early summer.

Disability Disasters Japan

Central Japan fire departments introduce emergency report system for disabled people

The NET119 Emergency Report System for people with hearing and speaking disabilities has been introduced in some fire departments in the central Japan prefecture of Niigata. It enables people to make emergency reports via the internet using smartphones or other devices and their location information is instantly sent to fire stations, leading to quick dispatches.

Disability Disasters Japan

Almost no progress made on assisted evacuation plans for elderly and disabled living in 2018 Japan rain disaster-affected areas

“OSAKA — More than 80% of municipalities in three western Japan prefectures that saw high casualties in last summer’s torrential rain disaster have since failed to update or review the way they implement assisted evacuation lists for residents that would have difficulty fleeing on their own, such as the elderly or people with disabilities, a Mainichi Shimbun survey has shown.”