Whether you and/or you're family are ready for it or not, Japan's rainy season is upon us. Along with this season comes potentially deadly tropical storms and typhoons that can cripple a city.

Just last year, Yokota was hit by Tropical Storm Mindulle leaving nearly 10 inches of rain behind after hitting the base with 35-mph winds for hours; causing over 300 Yokota Families to evacuate their homes for safety and comfort concerns. This makes it essential that you and your family are prepared in the event of a storm hits Yokota. 

Below you can find some tips to ensure readiness before, during and after a storm hits.

BEFORE

  • Review evacuation plan and assemble an emergency supply kit including:
    • Several days of food
    • Bottled water
    • Flashlights
    • Batteries
    • Portable radio
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of all on base natural disaster shelters.
  • Make a plan to care for your family members and pets in case of evacuation.
  • Anchor all outside items that are vulnerable to high winds or relocate items inside.
  • Secure your home or building by closing all exterior doors and windows.
  • Place sandbags in front of ground level exterior doors to prevent floods.
  • Fill privately owned vehicles (POVs) and government owned vehicles (GOVs) with fuel.
  • Make a record of your personal property and store important documents in a safe place. 
  • Take photos or videos of the exterior and interior of your home to record pre-storm condition.
  • Monitor AFN TV, Eagle 810, Yokota AB Facebook Page and the Commander's Channel.  

 

DURING

  • Stay indoors and away from windows, skylights or glass doors. 
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the first or second floor.  
  • To protect from flying debris, keep all curtains and blinds closed.
  • Do not go outside when the “eye of the storm” passes over. 
  • Monitor AFN TV, Eagle 810, Yokota AB Facebook Page and the Commander's Channel. 

 

AFTER

  • Only resume normal activities once “All Clear” notification has been given.
  • Drive only if absolutely necessary, avoid hazards and any flooded roads. 
  • If you evacuated your home, do not return until base leadership declares it safe to do so.
  • Beware of insects and animals driven to shelter or higher ground by the floodwaters.
  • When weather conditions permit, open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
  • Keep your families Informed that you are safe and tell them what has happened.
  • Report property damage, hazards or downed power lines to 374 CES at 225-5282 or 225-7310.
  • Monitor AFN TV, Eagle 810, Yokota AB Facebook Page and the Commander's Channel.

 

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