For natural disaster information, the Japan Meteorological Agency has updates through all regions in Japan.
Typhoons are violent storms that form over water but cause large amounts of damage when the move off the ocean onto land. Gifu prefecture’s distance from the ocean means typhoons will not be as powerful as when they first make landfall but they can still cause considerable damage.
- Know where your emergency kit is
- If a typhoon is approaching, keep up to date as to its path. This can be done via the internet or NHK channels 1 and 3
- Secure any items outside your home such as bicycles or outdoor furniture. Bring inside if possible.
- Know where your local emergency shelter is
- Stay inside
- Be ready to evacuate to your nearby emergency shelter if necessary
- If there are very strong winds, open windows a fraction on tune leeward side of the house to accommodate for the differences of air pressure inside and outside.
- Contact your supervisor to inform them whether you are safe or not
- Depending on the severity you may need to make your way to your local emergency shelter
- Depending on the severity you may need to contact your embassy
- Depending on the severity you may need to contact your family
- If your home or property is affectedthen you are able to make use of a number of support systems. First you will need to have the damage assessedand be issued supporting documents. This document is called a Disaster Victim Certificate. To obtain this document an investigator will need to check your property for damage. It will take time to be issued. The necessary documents for applying for a disaster-victim certificate, property checks, issuance period etc., all vary according the government office you apply to, so confirm with your local city/town hall.