On 4 August, and 20 and 21 October, Kyoto University co-hosted a "Disaster Prevention Online Lecture" with the Kyoto Prefectural International Center (KPIC) for its international students.
The lecture was part of the spring and fall disaster preparedness training that the University has held with KPIC since autumn 2018. The program is highly recommended to international students as an opportunity to learn about the countermeasures they can implement against the types of natural disasters to which Kyoto is prone, such as earthquakes, typhoons, and floods.
This year's training took place in summer and fall, and consisted of a lecture held online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A total of 56 students attended: 15 on 4 August, 25 on 20 October, and 16 on 21 October. Each session covered the Japanese warning system, useful web resources and smartphone applications, emergency kits, evacuation centers, and emergency calls. Many of the attendees expressed satisfaction afterwards with the knowledge they had gained about these topics as a key step to enhancing their preparedness for natural disasters in Japan.