Sendai has formed mutual support agreements with other local governments so that when a disaster occurs in Japan, cities that have not been affected will help to support the disaster response and recovery when requested to by the affected cities, if they cannot take sufficient emergency measures themselves. During the Great East Japan Earthquake, local governments outside of the Tohoku region provided support such as dispatching government officials and providing emergency supplies thanks to mutual disaster support agreements with 20 major cities.
Additionally, we are continuing to make disaster prevention support agreements with private businesses for emergency measures such as public relations, and the provision of food and other resources, as well as forming support agreements related to disaster prevention.
Sendai had 116 of these agreements in place before the Great East Japan Earthquake, and this number has risen dramatically since then, with 177 agreements currently in place (as of April 2016). We received a lot of support during the earthquake, and these agreements proved to be effective. Therefore, we formed agreements for areas that were not previously comprehensively covered, and aimed to strengthen similar agreements by increasing the number of parties the agreements were made with to make a more stable response possible.
Some examples are agreements regarding the support of stranded commuters and travelers, and agreements for tsunami evacuation facilities and buildings.
For countermeasures for stranded commuters and travelers, see “Efforts for Making Sendai a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City – Human Capacity Building – Measures for Stranded Commuters with Cooperation from Businesses.”
Number of Support Agreements
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Crisis Management Department
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