The Shimane International Center has compiled a “Disaster Handbook” to help assist foreign residents to be prepared in case a disaster strikes. (See below) Please print out this handbook as it is needed. You never know when a disaster may occur.

You may also experience different kinds of disaster here in Japan from those in your home country. Therefore, it is especially important to prepare yourself and learn about what to do in a disaster.

Disaster Handbook in many languages (March 2020, 3rd Edition)

Disaster Handbook for Foreign Residents – Be prepared for a natural disaster –
(Languages: English, Simple Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese)


Simple Japanese





Publisher: Culture and International Affairs Division, Department of Environment and Civic Affairs, Shimane Prefectural Government

Supervision: Disaster prevention and Crisis Management Division, Department of Disaster Prevention, Shimane  Prefectural Government

Editor: Shimane International Center

“Disaster Handbook” can also view on i-pad and i-phone


* Not to be used/sold for commercial gain

Make your own Map (Disaster prevention handbook worksheet)



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