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Older persons in emergency situations: a case study of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

This case study reflected on the situation of elderly victims and survivors of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake through the perspective of the disaster cycle. It synthesized measures perceived to be necessary for the future in terms of general health emergency preparedness, response and recovery; and specific concerns for older people during evacuation, temporary sheltering and permanent relocation. Storytelling groups since the earthquake struck were created to meet students to relay experiences about the disaster and provide lessons for the future. Narrations from older people of their experience, resilience and lessons learned are preserved at the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial - Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

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