• DisasterDisaster Preparation

Be prepared for disasters

Consultation service for non-Japanese people in times of disaster

If a disaster occurs, in response the Kobe International Community Center will set up a consultation service for non-Japanese people to answer inquiries and provide information.


Kobe International Community Center

Address: Boeki Center Building 2F 5-1-14, Hamabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 651-0083
TEL: 078-291-8441

Disaster information

The “Disaster response card” contains useful information for disasters in multiple languages. It is distributed at foreign schools, ward offices and through foreign communities.

Evacuation shelters

Elementary schools, Junior High schools and public facilities are designated as evacuation shelters during emergencies.

  • Map of evacuation shelters  (link to Yahoo! site, Japanese only)
  • Evacuation points in the event of a disaster (emergency evacuation sites / places of refuge)
  • Indoor emergency evacuation sites(in the event of a landslide, flood or tsunami) table
  • Outdoor emergency evacuation sites(in the event of an earthquake, tsunami or large fire) table

Tsunami map

Kokokuru website

Kokokuru is a web service that supports smartphones which allows anyone to get tsunami evacuation information on the go. The main contents are listed below.

  • 1. Tsunami hazard map

  • 2. Five “ifs”

  • 3. Information sharing
    You can share your location and how you are with friends and family on Twitter, Facebook, Line or via email.

KOBE Neighborhood Safety・Security App ~Kamomen navi~

We are pleased to announce the release of our new Kobe Neighborhood Safety and Security Kamomen navi application. This app provides up-to-date local information about Kobe City including safety and security information and disaster alerts, event updates for the Chuo Ward area, etc. It is available as a free download for apple and android devices. (Multiple language support: Japanese、English、Chinese、Korean/Can be configured in your OS language environment)



Emergency message boards

Emergency message boards will be activated on the following pages if a disaster happens, where you can inform friends and family about your safety and read their messages, should they leave them.

  • NTT East and West Emergency Message Board (web171) WEB
  • NTTdocomo WEB
  • au (KDDI) WEB
  • SoftBank WEB

Disaster information

  • Hyogo Bosai Net WEB

    Hyogo Bosai Net is a service which quickly sends weather and evacuation information to citizens in times of disaster.
    When there is no disaster, it provides disaster and drill information for preparatory purposes.
    The Hyogo Emergency Net service is also available in 5 languages (English, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese and Vietnamese) which sends translated and preset information.

The translation is based on the data available as of September, 2015. Please note that new systems, system changes etc. may have been introduced after this date. Responsibility for the linked websites lies with their creators. Kobe City accepts no responsibility for their content etc.