The long walk home

On top of the lost of lives and injures an earthquake could cause, it is estimated that nearly four million people working in Tokyo would have difficulty finding their way home after such a disas-ter. The potential disruptions to the public transportation service would leave many commuters who take the train for 20 kilome-tres or more every day at a loss. They may not even know the route to walk home, and it would be an arduous walk even with support and something to drink.

This is why the Tokyo branch of Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) recently organized an emergency walk home training. 223 participants met at two starting points, where they were pro-vided with a map which had Red Cross Aid Stations marked. Red Cross volunteers served drinks, provided first aid services and information about the situation at the 13 aid stations set up along the major roads. Nine out of these 13 stations operated out of shops near the train stations, where people working in Tokyo would normally go to.

A participant dressed in a business suit said, “I would like to be prepared if an earthquake happens when I am at work. Walking in a suit is not comfortable , but at least now I know the route and what to expect .” In an actual disaster situation, the Tokyo branch would provide the same assistance as during the training.