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JDR Vol.10 No.6 pp. 1051-1066
(2015)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2015.p1051

Paper:

Organizational Structure and Institutions for Disaster Prevention: Research on the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in Kobe City

Masahiro Matsuyama*, Reo Kimura**, and Haruo Hayashi***

*Faculty of Contemporary Social Studies, Kobegakuin University
1-1-3 Minatojima, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8586, Japan

**Graduate School of Human Science and Environment, University of Hyogo
1-1-12, Shinzaike-honcho, Himeji, Hyogo 670-0092, Japan

***Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University
Gokasho, Uji-shi, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan

Received:
May 16, 2015
Accepted:
November 2, 2015
Published:
December 1, 2015
Keywords:
Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Kobe City, regional assistance system, disaster-prevention welfare community
Abstract

Based on the author’s work experiences at the Kobe City fire department, this study examines the deaths directly and indirectly caused by earthquakes based on an examination of the firefighting, rescue, and emergency care operations that took place following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. In particular, this study examines the ways in which the voluntary disaster-prevention organizations as well as the public services institutions, including the fire and police departments, have incorporated the lessons learned from previous disaster experiences. This approach is based on an observation of the operations conducted in Kobe City, and presents a framework aimed toward protecting lives from future earthquake disasters.

Cite this article as:
M. Matsuyama, R. Kimura, and H. Hayashi, “Organizational Structure and Institutions for Disaster Prevention: Research on the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in Kobe City,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.10, No.6, pp. 1051-1066, 2015.
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