On August 9th, Akita and Iwate Prefectures were affected by heavy rainfall; over 1000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the resulting flooding and landslides. PBV dispatched an advanced team and after conducting a thorough assessment of the situation on the ground, it was decided that the town of Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate Prefecture, would be the focus of our relief efforts.
On 28th July, Yamaguchi prefecture experienced heavy rainfall and flooding. Over 1,500 homes sustained damage, affecting thousands of people across the area. Three days later, PBV dispatched an advanced team to the affected areas in order to assess the situation on the ground and to liaise with local organizations, such as the Social Welfare Council. Having established a rapport with these groups and set up an operations base, PBV commenced relief activities in the Yamaguchi City and Hagi City areas, focusing on debris removal and clean-up of flooded homes. This project continued over the course of a month and finished on 2nd September.
Six survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake from fishing villages in the Oshika Peninsula travel to neighbouring Iwate Prefecture in order to assist communities affected by severe weather conditions.
PBV believes strongly in training and developing disaster relief volunteers in non-disaster times to prepare for future disasters. Since September 2012, we have trained over 1000 disaster relief volunteers through our ‘Disaster Relief Volunteer Training’ course.
After a prolonged period of heavy rainfall in the latter half of July 2013, over 280 homes sustained damage from flooding in Nishi-Izucho, Shizuoka Prefecture. PBV conducted emergency relief activities from 22nd July to 30th July, during which time 35 volunteers (totaling 108 work days) worked to help those affected.
This year, Peace Boat celebrates its 30th anniversary. As part of our 80th Global Voyage around-the-world itinerary, Peace Boat’s vessel the “Ocean Dream” will call in at the port of Ishinomaki in October for the first time in its history.
While assessing the affected areas, PBV’s representatives spent some time assisting with administrative tasks at the main Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) in the area, Serve Moore. Serve Moore was formed in the immediate aftermath of the May 20th tornado by a coalition of local churches in order to accommodate the influx of volunteers from all over the U.S who came to assist those affected by the disaster. The VRC took in more than 4000 volunteers per day at the peak of its activity and is still regularly taking in over 1000 volunteers, especially on the weekends when it generally attracts more local and out-of-town volunteers. Upon arrival at the center, […]
Two of PBV’s representatives arrived in the Oklahoma City area on June 13th.
They have visited the areas of Oklahoma City, Moore, El Reno and Shawnee which were affected by tornadoes, flooding and other severe weather conditions in order to conduct an initial assessment of the damage and to gauge the needs on the ground.