Subsidy for securing power to buildings, etc. that accept people who have difficulty returning home in the event of a disaster Tokyo

Subsidy for securing power to buildings, etc. that accept people who have difficulty returning home in the event of a disaster Tokyo, October 14, 11:13 a.m.

In case a power outage prevents the charging of mobile phones in the event of a disaster, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided to subsidize the cost of purchasing storage batteries, such as private office buildings that accept people who have difficulty returning home.

Typhoon No. 15 in September last year caused a long-term major power outage in Chiba Prefecture, causing residents to not be able to charge their mobile phones and obtain information.

Based on this lesson, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has established a new system to subsidize a portion of the cost of purchasing storage batteries, power generators, and mobile phone chargers at facilities that accept people who have difficulty returning home in the event of a disaster such as an earthquake directly below the capital.

More than 600 facilities are eligible, including office buildings and large commercial facilities that have agreements with municipalities to accept people who have difficulty returning home.

The maximum amount is 2500 yen per person who has difficulty returning home, and it will be subsidized up to five-sixths of the total expenses in which it took.

In addition, when local voluntary disaster prevention organizations purchase emergency generators, there is also a system to subsidize half of the cost, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is calling for its use.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s General Disaster Prevention Department says, “We want to create an environment where people who have difficulty returning home can stay temporarily with peace of mind.”