Don't be scared, be prepared!
On September 1 1923, a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Tokyo and other places in Kanto. Because of this devastating event, during the month of September various events are held to raise awareness for disaster prevention.
All three classes visited the Yokohama City Disaster Prevention Centre to learn more about emergencies and how to respond. The children were able to experience simulated emergencies: an earthquake machine that recreated an intensity seven earthquake, using a fire extinguisher to put out a fire, evacuating through a smoke-filled corridor, and being in a house during and earthquake which provided some twists after the initial shaking stops.
Emergencies are a serious and scary part of our daily lives. For the children, some of the simulated emergencies were a bit too much for their liking. But in raising awareness and keeping such things in mind, when there is an emergency, hopefully everyone can respond in a safe manner. One big takeaway from the visit to the centre: have enough food and don’t forget your pets!