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Risk Management Seminar - “BOKOMI~Community Based Disaster Risk Management in KOBE~” Organized by Kobe RMC

  Kobe RMC held a risk management seminar “BOKOMI~Community Based Disaster Risk Management in KOBE~” on May 22nd, 2014. The lecturer of this seminar is Mr. Nobuhito Otsu. He is a fire lieutenant in Community Disaster-prevention Support Team of Kobe City Fire Bureau. He has been working in Fire Bureau for 12 years, and he went to Miyagi prefecture for the recue operation in the aftermath of Great East Japan Earthquake. After brief introduction of the lecturer, the presentation by Mr. Otsu started. First of all, he talked about casualty and damage of Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and his personal experience of the disaster. He and his neighbor could not save an old man’s life because they were waiting for arrival of a rescue team from the fire department, which did not reach their place. By showing the fact that most of survivors were rescued by local citizens, he stressed the importance of connection among people in neighborhood. Secondly, he introduced BOKOMI, Kobe city’s voluntary disaster prevention organization. In every district of Kobe city BOKOMI was created and the number of this community amounts to 191. BOKOMI organize activities related to disaster prevention and reduction such as evacuation drill and fire extinguishing drill. He mentioned BOKOMI’s great role as a program of community-based disaster risk reduction as well as its challenge to get more young generation involved. Lastly, BOKOMI’s international activity was introduced. A recent evacuation drill was implemented at an elementary school in six different languages. Also, its first drill abroad was conducted in Badran, Indonesia and it was successful.
  In a question-and-answer session, students who attended asked questions such as “How to become a member of BOKOMI?”, and “Is there a community-based organization such as BOKOMI abroad?”. After the lively discussion by students and the lecturer, this seminar was closed.

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