On 1 and 4 June, 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 and KPIC have held since fall 2018 for international students, who are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the program to learn how to prepare for emergencies such as earthquakes, which can strike anytime anywhere, and typhoons and floods, which annually affect the Kyoto area.
The June 2021 training consisted of a lecture held on two days online to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. A total of 52 students attended, 36 on Tuesday 1 June and 16 on Friday 4 June. Topics included the Japanese disaster warning system, useful websites and smartphone applications, locations of nearby evacuation centers, how to prepare an emergency kit, and how to make an emergency call.
Each session concluded successfully with many of the attendees expressing satisfaction with the knowledge they had gained about natural disasters, which the lecturer emphasized can occur anytime, and about the steps they can take to enhance their preparedness.
The next training event is scheduled to take place during the fall semester.