Developed land → In the event of unstable geology and terrain, there is a danger that foundations and ground will slacken and collapse after heavy rain. Pay close attention if muddy water starts coming out from drainage holes in retaining walls.
Cliff vicinities → Heavy rain loosens ground and earth and rock collapses more easily. Be prepared to evacuate from hazardous areas.
River basins → In sites that were once flood plains and in low river basin foundation areas there is a high risk of experiencing flooding. Create a system to allow you to evacuate at any time if a flood prediction or warning is released.
Watch out for displaced manhole covers in times of heavy, concentrated rain
On inundated roads it is hard to see where you are stepping, so there is a danger of falling into uncovered manholes (where the covers have been displaced due to heavy rain). Patrols will examine roads but if you notice any displaced manhole covers please notify the Sewage Facilities Division of your local government.
If you feel as though you are in danger, evacuate to a safe place
Turn off and extinguish all cooking and heating equipment, close your doors, turn off your breaker and evacuate to a safe location.
When evacuating, avoid acting on your own and be sure to follow the directions of the fire and police departments.
Take only the minimum amount of valuables, essential food items and clothing with you, and try to make sure that both your hands are free (for example by packing these items in a backpack/rucksack). Read about how to make a emergency bag.
If you are ordered to evacuate, speak with your neighbours, and try to assist elderly, young and injured people.
Advice/instructions from the Oita City homepage, translated into English and slightly modified by Nicole (CIR PA 2011~2014).
**Note: In addition to suggestions below, it is important that JETs speak with their coworkers about locating their nearest evacuation center, and whether it is also a safe evacuation shelter in the event of a flood. If it isn’t, find out if is there a designated tsunami/flood shelter that they should go to, and which general direction should they head for to get to higher ground, if there any roads/areas they should avoid, etc.