This is a Test, a Surreal Test

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

This is a Test

This is a test, a surreal test of your attention.  It was a hot and humid last day of September when, Urayasu city held its annual Emergency Preparedness Drill.  The city in conjunction with Chiba Prefecture, and the National government  organized an event to inform its citizens of the facilities in what to expect in a disaster situation.

This of course takes on even deeper meanings since the March 11, 2011 earthquake that devastated Tohoku region of Japan.  Outside of the Tohoku region, Urayasu suffered the worst damage mainly due to liquefaction.

The police, military, and emergency services all had set up displays, and interactive events to help the people of Urayasu.  I am not sure if i found it comforting or disturbing.  They say (whoever they might actually be) that Japan is does more preparation than any other country in the case of disaster strikes. There are always drills, and mock events to test the readiness of the people, and its emergency services.  This is good; however, one can never fully prepare.  There is always, and most likely the chance that something will go wrong.  I do commend the patience of the Japanese people in response to the March 11th triple disasters.  I think they did a fabulous job of coming together in the hardest hit areas.

That brings me back to this surreal event unfolding before my eyes.  Seeing the water tanks that would be used, and in the case of recent events, were used.  Witnessing Disney-cutesy characters of a soldier, a police officer and an emergency worker, was truthfully made my stomach turn.

In the end I am glad I went.  It was surreal, a surreal test indeed.


Sirens, and then More Sirens

Friday, November 13th, 2009

I was quietly working on my computer when I was overwhelmed with blaring sirens.  The sirens, didn’t

cease.  They just kept on coming and coming.  I peaked out of my balcony, to my surprise, to see

the whole street filled with emergency vehicles of all kinds.  Ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks as

far as my eye could see.  I grabbed my camera, and said a quick prayer, as I rushed out the door.

Luckily, the fire in a neighbors apartment was put out quickly, but it felt as if I stepped into a

war zone.  Wet asphalt, hoses running along the street, the hustle and bustle of the workers and

many onlookers trying to see what happened.  I pray that everyone was ok.

On Looker

Fire Fighters Blur

Fire Truck on the Move

Fire Fighter on the Look Out

Following in the Fire Fighters Foot Steps

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