In April, 2016, an earthquake of magnitude 7 hit Kumamoto and Oita Prefecture; A-PAD immediately started our emergency assistance. We were able to provide help with the cooperation of companies, governments, and NPOs both local and non-local.

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2016 Report of Kumamoto Earthquake Emergency Assistance

As of November 30th, 2018 

Report of Kumamoto Earthquake Emergency Assistance

In April, 2016, an earthquake of magnitude 7 hit Kumamoto and Oita Prefecture; A-PAD immediately started our emergency assistance. We were able to provide help with the cooperation of companies, governments, and NPOs both local and non-local. Although the Kumamoto Emergency Assistance Project has ended in March, 2018, in what follows, we would like to share to the public and those who have assisted the highlights of the actions A-PAD Japan took starting from the day of the disaster. 

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Report of Kumamoto Earthquake Emergency Assistance

 

In April, 2016, an earthquake of magnitude 7 hit Kumamoto and Oita Prefecture; A-PAD immediately started our emergency assistance. We were able to provide help with the cooperation of companies, governments, and NPOs both local and non-local. Although the Kumamoto Emergency Assistance Project has ended in March, 2018, in what follows, we would like to share to the public and those who have assisted the highlights of the actions A-PAD Japan took starting from the day of the disaster. 

 

Rescue Project

 

Following a series of large earthquakes, there were landslides and collapsed houses. Rescue dogs and rescue teams were dispatched on a helicopter to the disaster site to search for missing persons in Minamiaso Village and Mashiki Town. 

 

Procurement and Delivery of Supplies

 

With the cooperation of the local governments and companies, we immediately began conducting an assessment of the need of the victims to deliver supplies to those in evacuation centers (and smaller unauthorized centers) such clothing, water and food. 

 

Management of Tent Village and Unit House Village

 

The day after the disaster, we installed an inflatable, balloon-like shelter next to the Athletic Center in Mashiki Town, the main evacuation center, as the center was over flooded with hundreds of evacuees. In addition, 160 pet-friendly tents have been built where families can sleep with their pets. 76 households, 277 people, 91 lived there. As the rainy season approached, 80 unit houses were been installed, which served as a temporary accommodation until completion of temporary housing.

 

Partner Collaboration Business

We cooperated with the “Let’s Send Our Wishes from Saga Campaign” to send volunteers in the affected regions. 48 people took part in building tents for the evacuees.  

Voice—There were many insights voiced from the disaster sights

 

“A place for children”

“I am happy being able to eat the freshly cooked lunch and that there’s a place for children to have fun during the summer holidays.” – By a Unit House resident

 

“I finally have room to stretch. With my dog!”

“I was exhausted from staying living in a car for more than two weeks. I can finally stretch my full body and lie down. Together, with my dog.” – By a woman who evacuated to an emergency tent

 

“I made new friends”

“I had to switch over to an evacuation tent because of the rainy season and the heat wave. I was at the Unit House. There is plenty of space to roam around with your pet and make new friends.” 

 

“It feels good!”

“The shower feels very good in this heat. I’m so grateful there’s even a toilet, a sink, and a washing machines.” – By a Unit House resident

 

“Thank you for the regularly sent supplies!”

“Towels, underwear, diapers, fruits, water ... we received these necessity goods as a support on a regular, thank you!” – By the manager of a small evacuation center where there was a lack of goods being delivered. 

 

Thank you from the “Flying Doctors” – Reporting the donations received and our gratitude

 

Between the dates April 15th, 2016 and December 31st, 2016, 1,866 people had donated ¥ 40,39,600 (JPY) for A-PAD Japan’s Kumamoto Emergency Assistance Project through the Saga Prefecture’s hometown tax payments. We greatly appreciate everyone who supported and donated to us, thank you.

 

What we’ve learned through the Kumamoto earthquake was used effectively in the Northern Kyushu Heavy Rain Emergency Assistance Project last year and Hokkaido Emergency Assistance Project and Heavy Rain Emergency Assistance Project this year. 

 

The A-PAD Japan Emergency Team “The Flying Doctors,” consisting of rescue dogs, doctors and nurses from Saga University, is supported by many through Saga Prefecture’s hometown tax payments and donations. We ask for your continued donations as it will help in the event of a disaster. We are accepting donation through a government crowdfunding platform named “Furusato Choice” until the end of January, 2019. 

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