Preparedness Map for Community Resilience: Earthquakes

This manual presents Japanese Seismic Preparedness Maps, one of the tools used in Japan to communicate earthquake risks for better preparedness at the community level.The intended audience of this handbook is government officials and practitioners working in seismic risk management, community-based disaster risk management, risk communications, and related areas who are responsible for preparing communities for the next big seismic event.

Produced by local governments, preparedness maps aim to help communities prepare for future potential seismic events with information on hazard and risk levels, estimated damages, and evacuation routes and sites. The hope is that Japan’s approach to risk communication at the community level can be leveraged in other countries with high seismic risk.