Many of us come from countries that do not experience as many earthquakes, tsunami, etc. as Japan does. It is important for all of us to be aware of what we can to do help ourselves during and after a disaster.
The Emergency Voice Mail Service can be used to communicate with your friends and family members if the regular phone lines are busy. Please discuss this system with them so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
NTT offers a service that will let you contact your friends and family during a time of disaster, when it might be otherwise difficult to communicate with them. You can use your home telephone number (not cellphone number) to leave short messages and listen to messages.
The area code for Tsukuba is 029. The number of messages you can leave will depend on the scale of the disaster (from 3 to 10). The messages will be available for 48 hours after recording. When you listen to the messages, the first message will be the newest and the last will be the oldest. It would be helpful to tell your listeners what time you recorded the message.
This system can be very useful in times of disaster. For example, if something happens in Tokyo, it may be almost impossible to call your family member who is living in Tokyo to find out if he is okay because the lines are too busy. However, if you use this system, you will not actually be placing a call to Tokyo, so you will be able to leave messages for him and receive his messages more easily. Please inform your family and friends of this system so you can be prepared in case of emergency.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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