Our relief activities following the 2007 Niigata Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake.
Our preliminary support team (dispatched from July 18th to July 21st ) obtained information from Niigata Prefecture health workers, established contact with Kashiwazaki Health Center, and entered the affected area. Fighting terrible traffic along the way, we bought relief supplies after making contact with nurses who had already entered the disaster area and health workers at Kashiwazaki, before finally reaching our destination.
The Health Center requested that we go to the evacuation shelters with the greatest number of evacuees, and so we split into teams of 2 to help out at 2 separate shelters.
In one evacuation shelter, as the photo shows, the care package developed by COE was displayed, and was explained to health workers who expressed an interest. Evacuees at the disaster site had their blood pressure checked in order to determine whether they were suffering from existing illnesses or symptoms related to the disaster. Efforts were also made to establish communication with evacuees.