December 2020 to Ongoing – School Pupils in Osaka are Champions for Avoidable Deaths from Tsunamis
In 2011, the triple disaster in Japan (tsunami, Tohoku earthquake and the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant) killed more than 19,747 people.
In the aftermath of the triple disaster the central and local governments have revisited the tsunami predictions. The prediction indicates that in a worst case scenario more than 2000 deaths could take place. The predictions also indicate that if early preparedness can lead to zero deaths. Timely and quick evacuation can avoid deaths.
To prepare the “at risk” community as well as to disseminate this valuable information, this evidence-based and action-oriented research project led by Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita from Kansai University addresses the following objectives:
- To engage with school pupils and “at risk” community in order to raise awareness on tsunami prediction.
- To produce Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials for tsunami warnings in collaboration with school pupils and the “at risk” community.
- To produce and conduct simulation exercises and drills with school pupils and “at risk” community in order to create a culture of preparedness for tsunamis.
The case study site for this evidence-based and action-oriented research project is Izumiotsu, a coastline port city in the central part of the Osaka Prefecture.
- 2020: The 5th grade pupils (10-11 year olds) published tsunami disaster risk reduction newspapers and conducted mock drills
- 2021: The pupils developed a Tsunami Augmented Reality that entails the residents (at risk community) to learn what will happen when a tsunami occurs at their location.
To learn more about this project, please read the ADN Newsletter 2020 and 2021.