Working Harder to Prevent or Mitigate Major Disasters
Preparing for Disasters Using Previous Training
Taking into consideration our experience with major disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake, we have worked to prevent or at least mitigate disasters.
At the Sendai plant, our major tire plant in Japan, we have increased the stock of emergency water and food and have established stores of fuel in case the supply of fuel is interrupted because the supply chain is severed. Furthermore, each business site in Japan has at least three days’ worth of emergency supplies for employees at that site.
When the Great East Japan Earthquake hit, some of our logistic warehouses on the coast of Miyagi Prefecture were hit by the tsunami, but employees were able to escape to the rooftop so there were no fatalities. Because of this experience, we renovated logistics warehouses to include not only huge emergency staircases in two places so that a large number of employees can all flee at the same time in case of an emergency but also a rooftop terrace that can accommodate about one hundred people.
Furthermore, in case of a massive earthquake, we have completed by FY 2016 the implementation of various measures at business sites and affiliated companies, such as introducing an emergency earthquake alert system, expanding emergency supplies, and taking steps to prevent furniture and office equipment from falling or moving.
Huge emergency staircase (left) and rooftop terrace (right) at the Sendai plant
Disaster Training Education Activities
We provide practical disaster training, which includes evacuation training where employees consider how they would return home in case public transportation were not operating and night evacuation training at some business sites.
At the Corporate Technology Center, located in Kawanishi City, Hyogo Pref. we conducted earthquake evacuation training that the local fire department attended in May 2016, and a total of 181 people took part in the training. Until last year, training was based on scenarios distributed in advance, but this year, some business sites undertook blind training, in which they had to respond on the spot to instructions provided that day.
In FY 2017, we plan to introduce “fully-blind disaster prevention training”, in which participants are not informed of the envisioned disaster (fire) beforehand, at other business site under the guidance of a fire department. Furthermore, we will train and assign practical fire prevention/relief staff and make the fire prevention teams more functional through fire prevention operation training, practical fire prevention training, and first aid training staff.
Earthquake evacuation training at the Corporate Technology Center (Kawanishi City, Hyogo Pref.)