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The Green Bar Project:
Japan's Deadly Gap in Earthquake Preparedness
During an emergency, it is hugely difficult to supply information and coordinate resources & rescues. How robust and well designed are the coordinating headquarters?
The Kobe disaster gave further warning of future logistic troubles. Many key evacuation and rescue routes were disabled or obstructed. The Hanshin Expressway fell over, Daikai and Hankyu Itami Stations collapsed, as did Kobe's Hyogo Police Station, burying 10 duty officers (Yomiuri 1996 p90). The earthquake damaged many city water pipes, and local emergency underground cisterns split open and leaked, leaving little water for firefighting. Getting the water flowing again was made substantially more difficult because the sixth floor of Kobe City Hall had totally collapsed, and all essential documents of the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage were made inaccessible (Katayama 1996).
Each person and every family must prepare for the unexpected. Even top professionals cannot suitably predict and prepare well enough to assure public safety.
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