I found this information in the city hall newsletter, so I thought I would send it to the list since we have already had our first (edge of a) typhoon this season. Many of you are going to experience your first "typhoon season", so I thought it would be good to send out some information to help you through it. In general, we do not always receive the worst part of the typhoons here in Tsukuba, but we do get a few fairly serious ones in August and September. If you hear that there is a typhoon coming, try to get home quickly (and safely) and secure any loose objects around your home. (I had a bicycle that was basically trashed by a Tsukuba typhoon once.)
These days, we are often given ample warning when typhoons and heavy rainfall are expected, so it is easy to underestimate the danger of these kinds of storms. However, typhoons and heavy rainfall cause a great deal of damage throughout Japan every year. It is important to be prepared for these storms, so that you will not be endangered when they come.
Weather Alerts (注意報 = chuuihou) are issued when there is a risk of damage from a weather event. Weather Warnings (警報 = keihou) are issued with there is a risk of serious damage from a weather event.
Once the rain and wind starts, do not attempt to do the repairs on your house as it is too dangerous.
Do not go out in the strong rain and wind to see what is happening. Stay inside and listen to the news.
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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