06
Oct

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Shinjuku Disaster Prevention Festa 2017

The second annual Shinjuku Disaster Prevention Festa was held on Sunday, September 3rd. The weather was extremely pleasant and 3,200 people attended the event, surpassing the number of attendees of the previous year. PBV served as the secretariat for the organizing committee and worked together with the government, NPOs, corporations, schools, and volunteers to plan and organize this event. There were many events encouraging children to participate. One popular event was titled “Kaeru (Frog) Caravan”, where children were able to trade toys, and experience and learn about disaster prevention in a fun way. There were also many international events including a first aid class held in English and a household […]

25
Jun

0

Disaster Resilience Leadership Training For Youth in Kobe

On 3-4 June 2017, PBV conducted a training programme for a group of young alumni of the TOMODACHI program. 21 university students and young professionals gathered for the “TOMODACHI Disaster Resilience Leadership Training” in Kobe. Within this group, more than half of the participants were from Tohoku and had experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake as junior high school students. The TOMODACHI Initiative, in the wake of the 2011 tsunami, started conducting programs for education, cultural exchange and leadership to connect youth in Japan and the United States. They have reached over 5,700 young people in the past 6 years. PBV, alongside partner JISP (Japan IsraAID Support Program), implemented this project to enhance alumni leadership skills specifically relevant […]

19
Jun

0

Stronger Together: Building a Nationwide Disaster Prevention Network

In Japan, there is a growing momentum to promote cross-sector partnerships between government, private sector, and civil society organisations to respond to and prevent national disasters. Japanese Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (JVOAD) gathers together actors from all parts of society to not only share information, but also respond more effectively to disasters. After the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, a large number of volunteers mobilized to help communities in affected areas around Kobe. As a result, this year is often referred to as Japan’s “birth of volunteerism”. At the time, there was no framework in place to take in so many volunteers from across the country. Following on from the Chuetsu Earthquake, it was […]

10
Feb

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Haiti: Emergency Response Phase 2

On 4th October 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, leaving a trail of destruction across the island nation. The hurricane brought about the country’s most severe humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake. In the weeks and months following the disaster, there was a spike in cholera, diarrhea, and other water-related illnesses. One of the reasons for this is that many sanitation and water systems were destroyed, leading to contamination of water sources. Having consulted with local partners and gathered extensive information from UN agencies and other credible sources, PBV identified this need and decided to launch a phase 2 project focusing on clean water and community sanitation. Following on from the […]

08
Dec

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Disaster Preparedness Training For Dutch Embassy Tokyo Staff

On 2nd December 2016, PBV was invited to the Embassy of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tokyo to train Embassy staff in disaster preparedness. PBV conducted two workshops, attended by a total of 45 embassy staff. The participants explored the following key workshop themes: – Understanding your household and surroundings – Visualizing a disaster – Disaster preparedness and response PBV’s trainer covered practical skills in how to prepare one’s home, protect one’s self and loved ones, and minimise disaster impacts. The participants not only learnt tangible methods to make their homes safer, but also identified evacuation routes in their communities and learnt how to make effective disaster plans for […]

18
Oct

0

Haiti Emergency Response: Hurricane Matthew

Please click HERE to donate to survivors of Hurricane Matthew. In early October 2016, Hurricane Matthew tore through the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction across many countries in the region. The island nation of Haiti was especially devastated. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), over 2 million people have been affected, over 500 fatalities have been confirmed, and 750,000 people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. The toll is expected to rise as more information from affected areas becomes available. PBV is proud to partner with nonprofit organisation World Cares Center to help the Haitian community recover from Hurricane Matthew. Since the 2010 […]

06
Sep

1

English-language “Household Disaster Preparedness Planning” Workshop

PBV held the English-language “Household Disaster Preparedness Planning Workshop” on 4th September 2016. 25 participants from 12 countries took part in the workshop, which was held at the “Shinjuku Bosai Festa”, a major disaster prevention festival in Tokyo. Over the course of 2 hours, the participants explored the following key workshop themes: “Understanding your household and surroundings”, “Visualizing a disaster”, and “Disaster preparedness and response”. The workshop covered practical skills in how to prepare one’s home, protect one’s self and loved ones, and minimise disaster impacts.The participants not only learnt tangible methods to make their homes safer, but also identified evacuation routes in their communities and learnt how to make […]

10
Aug

0

Join the Household Disaster Preparedness Planning Workshop [Tokyo, 4th September 2016]

Household Disaster Preparedness Planning Workshop [Tokyo, 4th September @ 13:00 – 15:00] Want to learn how to prepare your home and protect your family in the event of a major disaster?  Join the free-of-charge, English-language “Household Disaster Preparedness Planning Workshop” in Tokyo on 4th September 2016. Japan is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, and the capital Tokyo is said to be at risk of a major earthquake, as well as a range of other natural hazards. Do you know how to prepare yourself and your loved ones for a major earthquake? In the event of a major disaster, would you know how to act? If this sounds interesting or useful to you, […]

28
Feb

0

PBV in South America: Disaster Risk Reduction Events In Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay

Peace Boat hosted a series of conferences and press events in South America as part of its commitment as a partner in the United Nation’s Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Making Cities Resilient Campaign. In Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Valparaiso, Peace Boat’s ship was utilized as a space for local groups working on disaster risk reduction and response to come together to discuss and share ideas and resources on community preparedness and resilience. It was also an opportunity for them to learn about the work of Peace Boat’s Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Montevideo, Uruguay (February 13, 2016) On February […]

31
Jan

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Youth Disaster Resilience Leadership Training

On 30th and 31st January 2016, PBV co-organised the TOMODACHI Disaster Resilience Leadership Training Program at Haneda Airport’s Galaxy Hall venue, in partnership with TOMODACHI Initiative and Japan IsraAid Support Program (JISP). Thirteen youngsters from different parts of the Kanto and Tohoku regions (all alumni of TOMODACHI Initiative’s programs) gathered for the 2-day intensive training program, which focused on disaster preparedness, disaster relief volunteerism, stress management, and providing psychological support to disaster survivors. As well as receiving intensive training from experienced trainers, the diverse group of participants each brought with them their own experiences and knowledge, and were able to share these through interactive discussions and workshops. Not only did the participants build […]

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