Role of the liaison officer in disaster countermeasures implemented by the Japanese Society of Neurology: Hope for the best and prepare for the worst

Shunya Nakane, Kouichi Mizoguchi, Koji Abe, Naoki Atsuta, Yasuyuki Iguchi, Yoshio Ikeda, Ryuji Kaji, Satoshi Kamei, Kazuo Kitagawa, Kazumi Kimura, Masahiko Suzuki, Hiroshi Takashima, Yasuo Terayama, Kazutoshi Nishiyama, Hirokazu Furuya, Etsuro Matsubara, Shin Ichi Muramatsu, Osamu Yamamura, Atsushi Takeda, Hidefumi Ito

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Abstract

Disaster countermeasures have been implemented by the Japanese Society of Neurology based on the experience of support to the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. The countermeasures activity began at the end of 2011. We, the Committee for Measures Against Disaster, officially started work in 2014. We developed a support network to urgently deal with patients with intractable neurological disease at the time of disaster and strengthen disaster measures, including effective disaster countermeasure training. During the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, we realized the need to prepare for natural disasters, leading to a state of emergency, at normal times. A list of vulnerable people should be prepared and the individual support plan for disaster should be confirmed during normal times. Furthermore, during disaster, livelihood support is required for patients with intractable neurological disease living in evacuation centers in affected areas. Therefore, we compiled and published the book, titled "The manual of disaster countermeasures, " in 2017. The Committee for Measures Against Disaster in the Japanese Society of Neurology has appointed a liaison officer for patients with intractable neurological disease in each prefecture. The liaison's role of is gathering and disseminating information on the disaster-hit areas, arranging medical support, and coordinating health activities, when natural disasters occur. It is hoped that the liaison officer will play an active role both at normal times and during disaster, even unforeseen ones. Although we hope for the best, we aim to be prepared for the worst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-652
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Neurology
Volume60
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Committee for Measures Against Disaster
  • Disaster countermeasure
  • Intractable disease
  • Japanese Society of Neurology
  • Liaison officer for the patients with intractable neurological disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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