寄付・募金・ボランティアのセーブ・ザ・チルドレン・ジャパン

Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami Emergency response and recovery program

Making Paper Dishes and Playing an Educational Disaster Preparedness Card Game: Disaster Preparedness Training for Parents and Children (September 12, 2013)

Procter & Gamble Japan KK (P&G) and Save the Children Japan (SCJ) organized a disaster preparedness training event for parents and children on August 27, 2013, at the headquarters of P&G in Kobe City. Fifty-three children and 21 parents who live in the neighborhood participated in this event. The training was conducted in cooperation with the NPO Plus Arts, who specializes in disaster preparedness education and awareness-raising activities.

 

At the event, the children learned how to make paper dishes that would be useful for eating meals out of in an emergency. They also played a disaster preparedness card game called “Namazu School” (PDF). In this game various questions about difficult situations that can occur during an earthquake or other disaster are asked in a picture-show style. Each player answers by using the item cards they have in hand, selecting the one they believe most appropriate for each emergency situation. Children compete with each other by answering correctly and earning points.

Children making dish for DRR

 

Children making paper dishes

Dish made by children

“I can make nice paper dishes!”

 

After completing their creations, some children holding paper cups in their hands wondered aloud, “Won’t water leak through this?” So we told them, “You can drink water from your paper cup if you put a plastic bag inside it.” Upon hearing this, the children became motivated to make paper cups and dishes at home. They said, “Can we really use this paper dish? I will try it at home!”

 

Playing the Namazu School card game, children enjoyed learning about disaster preparedness. Currently, SCJ and Plus Arts are revising this game to incorporate the feedback we have received from children and adults who experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake. We had already finished revising several question pages and were able to trial them at this event.

 

DRR games

 

 

The disaster preparedness educational game “Namazu School” was created by the NPO Plus Arts. They created it after interviewing and taking questionnaires to people who had experienced the Great Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake of 1995.

 

A sample question from “Namazu School”:

 

Q. There is a power blackout due to an earthquake. Which light source do you think it would be most appropriate for a family spending a night in a house to use? Select one from the following choices:

 

A candle   A headlight       A flashlight       A lantern-type light

 

Many children thought a flashlight or a lantern-type light would be the best. When they heard the correct answer, they expressed joy, disappointment and surprise all at once. Which answer do you think is correct?

 

Answer: Lantern-type light

A lantern-type light can illuminate an entire room. People affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake commented that it would have been helpful if they had had this type of light. Some also mentioned that headlights were very useful during power blackouts. We recommend you to keep a lantern-type light and a headlight as survival supplies in your evacuation backpacks. It is also important to keep additional batteries in your backpacks.

 

SCJ will continue using this fun disaster preparedness training exercise for children.