Lessons from Japan’s recovery plans

By John Rooney | 04 September 2019

The role of local government in emergency planning and leading recovery is big in Japan. The country experiences around 1,500 earthquakes a year and in 2011, the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami resulted in over 22,000 people dead or missing and 470,000 left without a home.

Fortunately, UK councils rarely have to deal with disasters of such a magnitude. But, our roles as Category 1 first responders are just as vital in assisting the response, supporting communities and leading recovery.

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