The police cone off roads to simulate the traffic chaos that would follow a major event, stations are randomly closed and fire demonstrations simulate a real disaster. Following the Kobe earthquake, the role of the Self Defence Force has been radically revised to allow for direct support and Chinook helicopters can be seen flying overhead. In reality the idea is not so much training as raising awareness. The learning from Kobe was that a natural disaster does not have to become a man made catastrophe. Stay safe everyone. Now, check your earthquake kit.