Preparedness drill takes place citywide.
Byline: Winston Ross The Register-Guard
YAIZU, Japan - Yasuo Nishijima looked awfully calm for a guy who'd just been tossed into the Pacific Ocean by a colossal tsunami. As the rescue boat closed on him, only his feet and head could be seen bobbing in the water.
But Nishijima's wet suit kept him warm. Crews on the boat quickly yanked Nishijima aboard, then loaded him via stretcher stretcher /stretch·er/ (strech´er) a contrivance for carrying the sick or wounded.
n. to a larger ship, owned by the state-run Yaizu Fisheries fisheries. From earliest times and in practically all countries, fisheries have been of industrial and commercial importance. In the large N Atlantic fishing grounds off Newfoundland and Labrador, for example, European and North American fishing fleets have long High School.
This was only practice. The dive instructor was one of 20,000 people who took part in an earthquake and tsunami preparedness drill Sept. 1, national Disaster Preparedness Day. Yaizu, a port city of 120,000 residents about an hour from Tokyo, lies in a region where geologists expect a massive earthquake and tsunami to strike any day, killing thousands of Japanese. The country takes such drills seriously, sponsoring one each year in a different city to commemorate the great Kanto earthquake of 1923.
Yaizu's was a major undertaking. The Shizuoka prefecture and city government spent more than $250,000 on the exercise. The governor attended, as did a representative of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Junichiro Koizumi (小泉 純一郎 Koizumi Jun'ichirō . Ships were evacuated out to sea. People were loaded onto a giant passenger ferry aptly named Kibo, or "Hope."
Students streamed away from the water by the hundreds, donning gleaming white helmets The White Helmets Commission (Spanish: Comisión Cascos Blancos) is a humanitarian aid and peacekeeping agency based on an initiative launched by Argentina in 1993. The organization was presented to the international community at the United Nations General Assembly in 1994. . Twenty-three disaster preparedness volunteer groups practiced pulling victims out of broken buildings and landslides, making emergency food and sandbags sandbags
small sacks containing sand used to support an anesthetized animal in dorsal recumbency and prevent it from rolling sideways during anesthesia or surgery. . Hospital workers set up triage triage
Division of patients for priority of care, usually into three categories: those who will not survive even with treatment; those who will survive without treatment; and those whose survival depends on treatment. . Helicopters picked up stranded evacuees Resident or transient persons who have been ordered or authorized to move by competent authorities, and whose movement and accommodation are planned, organized and controlled by such authorities. and hoisted them to safety.
Self-defense forces, the Japan Coast Guard, the Japanese Red Cross, state and local police and firefighters all participated at 20 different sites.
Booths were set up to provide information on government programs that offer tax cuts to people for reinforcing their homes.
"The last time I've seen an event this big in Yaizu was when the emperor visited," said Tetsuro Kubota, a cab driver cab·driv·er also cab driver
One who drives a taxicab for hire.
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It's hard to imagine such a coordinated effort in Oregon, but evacuation drills are effective anywhere. When the National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for the U.S. West Coast on June 14, Yachats and Seaside were two of the cities where a majority of residents did what they were supposed to: run to high ground.
They're also the only two towns on the coast to have sponsored citywide evacuation drills in the past year.
Winston Ross can be reached at (541) 902-9030 or rgcoast@ oregonfast.net.
Japanese crews load Yasuo Nishijima onto a ship during an earthquake and tsunami evacuation drill on Sept. 1.