|Coordination Strengthened to Create Disaster-resilient Communities|
Susono City, Japan, Aug 6, 2015 - (JCN Newswire) - Susono City and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) signed an agreement today to strengthen coordination of disaster aid activities as part of TMC's ongoing commitment to working with local stakeholders to create disaster-resilient communities. Susuno City is home to TMC's Higashi-Fuji Technical Center, a major R&D and testing facility.
At the ceremony to celebrate the signing of the agreement, Kenji Takamura, mayor of Susono City, said: "The possibility of earthquakes originating in the Suruga and Nankai troughs are an ever-present concern for our city. This disaster-support agreement with major companies in our city gives us great peace of mind, and we are truly grateful for it."
Osamu Sadakata, TMC Executive General Manager, stated: "Through this agreement, Toyota is keen to fulfill its role as a local business and cooperate in initiatives to prevent and mitigate the impact of disasters on Susono City. We will provide all possible support in the event of an emergency."
TMC will work with Susono City to provide humanitarian assistance and regional recovery support as outlined below: 1) post-disaster rescue and relief; 2) provision of temporary evacuation sites following a major earthquake; 3) provision of food, drinking water, and other daily necessities; 4) provision of vehicles required for recovery (including hybrid vehicles that can be used as mobile power supplies); 5) cargo handling assistance at Susono City relief supply facilities; 6) provision of land necessary for construction work to repair city infrastructure; 7) assistance in planning local recovery activities.
In addition, TMC will also exchange disaster-related information with the city government to facilitate the smooth implementation of support measures.
Located in Shizuoka Prefecture, Susono City is at risk of earthquakes originating in the Suruga Trough and Nankai Trough. Consequently, the city is actively engaged in the implementation of measures to prevent and mitigate disasters, in particular providing shelter from tsunamis and improving earthquake resistance. However, since in times of large-scale disasters there are limits to the efficacy of municipal measures, Susono City is encouraging the collaboration of its citizens and local businesses to create a city that is well-prepared for emergencies. Shizuoka Prefecture is also promoting its "Nairiku Frontier" project aiming to build disaster prevention and mitigation as well as regional growth.
As disasters can cause large-scale damage to communities, company operations and supply chains, TMC is reorganizing its business continuity management systems and bolstering its preparedness for potential large-scale natural disasters based on the idea that post-disaster humanitarian support and rapid regional recovery systems are indispensable.
The agreement aligns the aims of TMC and Susono City and, in the event of a large-scale disaster, clearly lays out the form and content of TMC's support for the region in regard to rescue, emergency, and recovery activities. The agreement follows similar agreements made with Toyota City in October 2013, Miyoshi City in February 2014, and Tahara City in March 2015.
About Toyota Motor Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.
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