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Program for the Upgrade and Diffusion of Support for Disaster Prevention Education on Earthquake/Tsunami gComplex Disastersh in Shizuoka Prefecture

As almost all districts in Shizuoka Prefecture are expected to bear the brunt of a strong M6+ earthquake when a Great Tokai Earthquake actually happens, most people in Shizuoka recognize the necessity for strategies aimed at mitigating the effects of disastrous earthquakes. They also recognize the volcano-related dangers posed by Mt Fuji and other volcanoes in the eastern Izu peninsular, which remain active, as well as the existence of gigantic landslide geomorphologies such as 'Ohyakuzure'. They also remember heavy rains such as the 'Tanabatagouf in 1974. Therefore, they are extremely zealous with regard to strategies for disaster mitigation compared to people in other regions.

With this in mind, the Shizuoka Prefectural Bureau has developed a variety of educational programs on disaster mitigation for preschool children, elementary/junior high/high school/university students, and even adult residents. The bureau is still actively developing new educational programs such as the 'Programs for specially selected schools for advanced education programs' and the 'Special society for the promotion of disaster mitigation education 1f.

Educational programs in various schools are well supported by Shizuoka Prefecture Bureau. Experienced, specially-trained schoolteachers sometimes leave their school to work at the bureau, and function as liaisons between the bureau and their schools to facilitate better communication.

In this project, we performed assessments of educational materials; production of new training programs for school staff; and actual applications of these programs to students.

In the event of earthquakes along Shizuokafs coastline, we expect tsunamis to follow immediately. Although tsunami height distribution along the coastline has been well-analyzed and published in hazard maps, timing of post-earthquake tsunamis are not. Thus, we performed a hydrodynamic tsunami simulation, which has become popular in the disaster mitigation sciences.

We also searched for corporations and organizations that could contribute and collaborate with this project. This is another important point. As there are many difficulties that stem from regional affairs, knowledge on their region is indispensable during emergencies. This project plans to summarize experiences and skills suitable for each region by these corporations and organizations. This plan apparently achieved a certain degree of success, evidenced by some local leaders that we encountered in other areas, who had participated in this project.