How to find information in the event of a disaster in Kumamoto
This app was developed with the aim of providing
disaster information to foreign residents of Japan, as well as tourists from
This app issues Earthquake Early Warning
alerts, Tsunami warnings, weather warnings, volcanic eruption information, Heat
stroke warnings and national protection information in the event of a ballistic
missile launch etc. The app also provides communication cards (In Japanese and
other languages) to help you communicate in a disaster, contact information for
embassies and emergency contact information.
The app is currently available in: English,
Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese,
Vietnamese, Indonesian, Tagalog, Nepalese, Khmer, Burmese and Mongolian.
This app was released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs
and Communications. This app will translate your voice into another language.
It currently supports 31 languages.
Other useful information
- Checklist of
items to have in an emergency (available in English, Chinese and Korean)
- Free Wi-Fi during a disaster, 00000JAPAN
This is a free Wi-Fi service which you can
connect to in the 72 hours following a disaster. It is compatible with mobile
phones from any company.
1．Turn Wi-Fi on in
your phone settings
on the list of available networks
*As this service is not encrypted avoid entering personal
information on banking or shopping websites when using the Wi-Fi.
When phone lines are unavailable due to congestion
during a time of disaster this service can be used to record and playback
2．If you would like to record a
message, press 1. If you would like to listen to a message recorded by someone
else, press 2.
3．Dial the phone
number of the person you wish to contact.
4．You can now
record your message or listen to a message recorded by that person.
You can post your message or read another’s
message using your computer or smartphone.
2．Enter the phone
number of the person you’d like to contact.
3．You can now write
your message or check for messages posted by that person.
After evacuating to a safe area
You should apply for a Disaster Certificate(り災証明：Risai syo-mei) which will be issued by the municipality in which you live. This certificate
acts as proof that your home was damaged during a disaster. The level of damage
sustained must be checked by a local official. If financial subsidies become
available in the aftermath of a disaster you must present this certificate to
It is important to take photos of the
damage before you begin to clean it up.
Useful webpages in the event of a disaster