Disaster preparedness is everyone’s responsibility

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By CFAY Public Affairs

In order to be prepared for natural or man-made disasters and emergencies, Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) is urging all personnel to review their emergency family action plan, update family emergency kits and take other action to ensure they are prepared for all emergency situations.

Operation Prepare

As a resource, families are encouraged to go online and utilize “Operation Prepare,”which is an emergency preparedness program initiated by Commander, Navy Installations Command for community members of Navy ashore installations. The website has nearly 40 simple ready-to-use fact sheets, checklists, and forms on how to prepare for a variety of natural and man-made disasters. Visit the website at www.cnic.navy.mil/ and click on the emergency management tab for more information.

Emergency Kit

According to Operation Prepare, you need enough supplies for every family member for at least three days, maybe longer. The main items to have in your kit include water, food, and first aid supplies. Depending on your family, you may also need special items for babies, prescription medications, or supplies for your pets. You may not be at home when disaster strikes, so make smaller emergency kits to keep at work and in your car. You also need a portable kit to take with you if you go to a shelter or evacuate.

Family Plan

Further, Operation Prepare states that when a disaster happens, your family may not be together in one place. You need to pick places to meet, have contact information for everyone, and discuss in advance what you will do during various types of emergencies.Depending on the type of emergency, you may shelter in place, move to a shelter or safe haven, or evacuate. Formalizing your preparations in a written family plan is a good way to ensure everyone knows what to do when there is an emergency. Your plan needs to take into account special concerns such as caring for very young and very old family members, protecting your property, retaining critical financial or insurance records, and caring for your pets.

If there is an emergency, families need to become active in seeking out information and instructions through multiple official sources which will include:

  • CFAY Channel 15
  • Eagle 810 AM Radio
  • CFAY website http://www.cnic.navy.mil/yokosuka
  • City of Yokosuka disaster information e-mail service, register for updates in English by e-mailing di-yokosuka-t@ktaiwork.jp

Emergencies can happen at any time, while at home, at work or on leave. The following are basic instructions on what to do in a few different scenarios. It is important to note that CFAY emergency responders cannot help you, if they don’t know where you are.

At Fleet Activities Yokosuka

  • Stay in your home or go to the nearest base shelter.
  • Initiate family emergency plan.
  • Tune in for emergency instructions.

At Negishi or Ikego housing detachments

  • Stay in your home or go to the nearest safe place. Do not leave the housing detachment unless instructed to do so by emergency responders.
  • Initiate family emergency plan.
  • Tune in for emergency instructions.
  • In case of evacuation, muster at Club Takemiya (Ikego) and the Community Center (Negishi). CFAY vehicles will bring you to Yokosuka.

Off base

  • Go to the nearest safe place (home, shelter etc.) and contact your command. A Japanese evacuation shelter near your home is a safe place.
  • If you attempt to move locations, tell someone or leave a clearly visible note for CFAY emergency responders. CFAY needs to be able to find you.
  • CFAY will retrieve you once it is safe to do so.
  • If you are near another U.S. military installation, go to the installation and check in with the installation emergency management personnel.

Phone numbers for disaster/emergency information in English:

OFFICIAL COMMAND EMERGENCY INFORMATION:

Command’s official webpage: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/Yokosuka/index.htm//

This site has documentation for Noncombatant Evacuations (NEO) and general family preparedness plans listed in the popular links section.

Command’s official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/cfayokosuka.

Real time/updated community information

TV: AFN; Cable Channel 15; Weather; Cable Channel 16

Radio: AFN/Eagle 810 AM

YOKSUKA, IKEGO, NEGISHI

Base Emergency Numbers: Ambulance: 911 (on base) Yokosuka/Ikego: 046-816-0911; Negishi: 045-216-0911 (off base)

Security: 911 (on base); 0468-16-0911 (off base)

Public Works Trouble Desk: 114/243-5100 Housing: 115

OFF-BASE:

Yokosuka:

  • Yokosuka International Association: 046-827-2166
  • Yokosuka City International Relations Division: 046-822-8138 (Mon-Fri – only)
  • Yokosuka City Call Center: 046-882-2500

Yokohama:

  • Yokohama City Call Center: 045-222-1209

Tokyo:

  • U.S. Embassy Tokyo: 03-3224-5000; and the Tokyo English Life Line (TELL): 03-5774-0992. TELL is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping all foreigners living in Japan.

Online city hall information in English:

Yokosuka:

http://www.city.yokosuka.kanagawa.jp/0140/english/index.html;

Yokosuka City Disaster Prevention Information Mail User Registration: Send an email to: Bousai-yokosuka@raiden.ktaiwork.jp

Wait for the email response and click on the link provided. Follow the prompts and you’ll be registered in the city’s emergency notification system.

Contact information:

JR East: 050-2016-1603 – daily 10 am to 6 pm except New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day.

Keikyu: 03-5789-8686 and 045-441-0999 – weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m./weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other:

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org. This site has checklists for earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and other disasters.

FEMA website: http://www.fema.gov/areyouready

And, as always, look for updates on the CFAY Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cfayokosuka

 

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