Policy and Concept
Natural disasters such as large earthquakes and typhoons strike frequently and threaten our way of life. As interest in the safety of the real estate that is the foundation of living grows, the Tokyo Tatemono Group, which provides real estate services, is furthering resilience against disasters in ordinary times and believes providing safety and comfort to its customers and other stakeholders is an important responsibility.
Introduction of Disaster Damage Determination System to Enhance Disaster Prevention in Buildings
In the Office Buildings Business, we are executing not only hard measures, such as earthquake proofing of the buildings we own as well as enhancement of emergency power sources, but also soft measures, such as the distribution of disaster stockpile goods to tenants and the installation of batteries for recharging mobile phones. We are also strengthening initiatives that include disaster prevention measures and BCP support.
When a large earthquake hits, everyone needs to decide quickly whether to seek refuge inside or outside of the building to ensure their safety. Buildings owned by Tokyo Tatemono have adopted systems to determine the deformation (degree of damage) of buildings through multiple sensors, which are able to rapidly confirm the safety of the building after an earthquake strikes. Through the adoption of these systems, we are able to determine the safety and danger when the next large-scale earthquake strikes at a stage during the foreshock, even in foreshock and main shock earthquakes like the ones that hit in the Kumamoto Earthquake.
Image of a System to Determine the Degree of Damage
Self-defense Fire-fighting Training and Life-saving Lectures
The Tokyo Tatemono Group works even in disaster prevention measures from a soft perspective, such as emergency training and lectures, to increase our disaster response capabilities in a disaster.
We are holding self-defense fire-fighting training once or twice a year for the purpose of strengthening our independent disaster prevention system. In this training, we conduct practical drills while following the instructions of the fire department, such as the initial response during earthquakes and fires, initial fire-fighting, rescue and first-aid, transport of injured, and evacuation drills.
Furthermore, the self-defense fire-fighting squad of Tokyo Tatemono trains on a daily basis and has taken part for many years in the Self-Defense Fire-Fighting Drill Review Board held by the Nihonbashi Fire Department. Our fire-fighting squad has won at this Review Board three years; 2006, 2012, and 2016.
In addition, 227 employees from Tokyo Tatemono and 513 employees from Tokyo Real Estate Management have completed life-saving lectures such as first-aid (as of December 31, 2017). We have been issued a certificate of Damageexcellence in first-aid from the Tokyo Fire Department to become business establishments encouraging first-aid.
Support for Stranded Commuters During Disasters
Transportation functions halt and many commuters may become stranded when a disaster such as a major earthquake strikes. The large-scale office buildings of the Tokyo Tatemono Group have prepared support for tenants who become stranded during their commute in addition to entering into agreements with local municipalities and advancing system architecture and resource stockpiles that expect to house commuters stranded around the area.
Tokyo Square Garden participates in the Council to Support Stranded Commuters in Chuo Ward. We have prepared a manual by assuming people to support stranded commuters will volunteer from the stranded commuters who are taken in to help in the operation of the support facility because staff will be lacking when people are taken in due to the standard number of building managers.
In 2017, Chuo Ward and surrounding facilities joined forces to introduce measures such as training to broadcast information to the Chuo Ward Disaster Prevention Map App that helps people understand the state of facilities open to support stranded commuters via a smartphone.
Otemachi Tower is furthering measures such as resource stockpiles that assume stranded commuters will be taken into the large, spacious plaza that connects to Otemachi Station for each subway line.
Disaster Prevention Measures at Brillia
In accordance with the Brillia Disaster Prevention Guidelines in the Residence Business, disaster prevention manuals unique to each property are created, disaster prevention seminars are held, and evacuation drills as well as life-saving lectures are given to management staff.
As measures for earthquake resistance and disaster mitigation during disaster, wall bases for preventing furniture from falling and earthquake resistant front doors as well as footlights during blackouts are used for occupied areas, and AEDs are available as standard equipment for communal areas to ensure safety in multiple ways.
In addition, we are equipping each residence with Brillia original chair-type disaster prevention backpacks that contain items that play a role at those critical moments, such as a multi-function radio and portable toilet.
We have also made available a warehouse to store disaster goods and stockpile items, such as manhole toilets, water purifying plants, and power generators, in common areas as refugee assistance measures so that residents in the community help each other in times of emergencies.
The guidelines received the Good Design Award in the Service Design Category in 2011 for its daily awareness raising about disaster prevention and improving awareness between residents being highly evaluated.