Town Hall Meeting on Disaster Preparedness in San Jose J-Town


SAN JOSE — “Japantown Prepared,” a town hall meeting and resource fair, will be held Wednesday, July 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, 588 N. 4th St. (at Jackson) in San Jose Japantown.

Representatives of disaster preparedness agencies will be available to answer questions at this free event.

In an open letter to the Japantown community, Tamon Norimoto of Japantown Community Congress of San Jose, Jim McClure of the San Jose Fire Department (retired), and Rich Saito of the San Jose Police Department (retired) said:

“We have all watched in horror as communities around the world suffered through disasters. It is hard to imagine what it would be like to face challenges of this magnitude, as well as the efforts to save lives, preserve property, clean-up debris and rebuild.

“What would I do? How should I act? What can I do to prepare? Am I ready?

“One positive thing that is evident after a disaster are the people who heroically work to save and assist their neighbors. Instead of looting and rioting, people usually pitch in and help each other.

“The Japantown Community Congress of San Jose would like to invite you to join us in being prepared for a disaster in our community. There are two parts to this process:

“Create/review/update your disaster plan for your home, business, entity. Your plan should include preparedness for earthquakes, fire, flooding, a hazardous material release and a terrorist/crime event. Know what to do for each of these scenarios and obtain the supplies and equipment you’ll need in case of a disaster. Practice a response to a disaster with your family or co-workers. Learn first aid/CPR.

“If you are able, agree to help Japantown entities, businesses, churches, and residents during a disaster.

“Participation in this collaborative is voluntary, and there are no costs or fees except for training and supplies you purchase for your home or facility … Come learn about disaster preparedness and meet your neighbors and professionals.”

Resources and information are available at and For more information on the meeting, email Rich Saito at [email protected] or write to Japantown Community Congress c/o Yu Ai Kai, 588 N. 4th St., San Jose, CA 95112.


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