The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is currently studying ways to install power supplies in public parks and cemeteries that are meant to hold in case the capital is struck with a major earthquake disaster. It is also closely studying building a generator for the purpose. To test the concept, the metro government is planning to set up a power generator in Toneri Park in Adachi Ward. This plan has been moved up from the initial target of 2020.
Tokyo has already designated 60 parks and six cemeteries as emergency temporary evacuation sites in its regional disaster response plan, and the Metro government is considering installing emergency generators in them. In cases of a blackout brought about by a major disaster, these temporary evacuation sites must have functioning toilets, lighting and signage. The power for those is expected to come from the generators, which will also power nearby hospitals and distribution centers for emergency supplies.
Once the study has concluded, the metro government Construction Bureau will now ascertain the minimum power requirement for lighting and park offices, and how much power can be distributed to emergency facilities located within a few hundred meters of the parks and cemeteries. Other types of power sources will also be considered depending on the amount of power they can provide.
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