Useful Free Apps and Websites to Protect You from Natural Disasters in Japan​

Poste date: Friday, December 6, 2019

When natural disasters happen (such an earthquakes or typhoons), it's important to obtain accurate information that is easy to understand. There are several Apps and Websites which are provide this information in English. Here are some of the must-have Apps to prepare you for natural disasters along with some informative websites.

Safety Tips for iOS and Android

Safety Tips is a great app to instal while you are in Japan. It notifies you with Weather Warnings, Earthquake Early Warnings, Volcanic Warnings, Tsunami Warnings, Heat Stroke Warnings and Civil Protection Information issued in Japan.

Supported Languages (iOS):
English, Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese

Supported Languages (Android):
English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, span Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Nepali, Thai

Safety Tips is linked with the following external apps.

・ NAVITIME for Japan

Once you install the app, go to More > Disaster Information

・ Japan Official Travel App

Once you install the app, go to Home > Safety Assistance

Disaster Preparedness Tokyo App

Tokyo Disaster Preparedness Guide is created by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. This app includes disaster prevention maps, disaster guides, simulations, quizzes, and an emergency alarm.

You can also check evacuation information, weather information, earthquake information, tsunami information, and volcano information in your registered area and in Tokyo.

Supported Languages: Japanese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean (some content can be available only in Japanese)

NHK WORLD JAPAN TV and Radio

NHK provides free apps for to keep you up to date with the latest stories from Japan, Asia, and around the world.

Learn about BOSAI on NHK World

Bosai (Bousai) means disaster prevention. NHK World's BOSAI Web has radio programs, videos, tutorials about how to craft safety, interesting quizzes etc. The content is very useful and it's definitely worth a visit the website.

Radio News in English

American Forces Network (Eagle 810)

http://www.afnpacific.net/LocalStations/Tokyo.aspx

InterFM


* Website is in Japanese

Free Wi-Fi 00000JAPAN

When disaster happens in Japan, you can use a Free Wi-Fi connection called 00000JAPAN (Five Zeros Japan). Please read our article Emergency Free Wi-Fi Service 00000JAPAN for details.

Japan Visitor Hotline (24h in English, Chinese and Korean)

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) operates a Japan Visitor Hotline which is available 24/7. You can call them not only about tourist information but also for assistance in the case of accidents and emergencies. Support languages are English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

TEL: 050-3816-2787

More details in from JNTO

Information about Transportations in the Event of Disaster

You can find the latest status on their website. Please check the latest information before taking the train or going to the airport.

JR EAST

https://traininfo.jreast.co.jp/train_info/e/kanto.aspx

Tokyo Metro English Website

https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/index.html

JR WEST English Website

https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/

Japan Airlines English Website

https://www.jal.co.jp/en/

All Nippon Airways English Website

https://www.ana.co.jp/en/jp/?type=e

Disaster Prevention Apps for Minato, Chuo and Setagaya Cities

These cities below provides Disaster Prevention Apps in English, you can download them for free.

Minato City Disaster Prevention App

Available in iOS and Android, the supported languages are English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

Chuo City Disaster Prevention App

Available in iOS and Android, the supported languages are English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.


Setagaya City Disaster Prevention App

Available in iOS and Android, the supported languages are English and Japanese.

Emergency Kits for Evacuation

These are well selected emergency kits. Please click the image to see details.

Other Useful Websites in English

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