Disaster Preparedness: Earthquakes and tsunamis are top concern for Japanese homeowners

Data from Japan

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While Japanese respondents to a survey identified earthquakes and tsunamis as a major concern, one in three made no preparation.

A Japanese insurance company recently conducted a nationwide survey asking people living in their own homes (single homes and condominiums) what type of disaster they were worried about. The most common answer at 56.7% was “earthquakes and tsunamis”.

Among the respondents, 60.9% believed that a major earthquake would occur in the near future where they lived and 66.2% believed that their house would be damaged by such an earthquake.

Asked about their concerns in the event of a major earthquake, 59.7% of respondents answered “the safety of family members”, followed by “earthquake preparedness at home”, “rebuilding my life” and “rebuild my house”.

Of the disaster prevention measures that respondents had taken at home, 45.8% had prepared “food and water”, 34.4% had prepared “emergency evacuation goods” and 31.5% had “taken measures to prevent furniture from overturning”.

Although the most frequent concern was confirming the safety of their family members, only 17.1% answered that they had “decided on an evacuation center” as a family and 30.4% said they did not. have taken no particular action.

(Originally published in Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta)

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