Corona Virus tips

To reduce the risk of contracting respiratory infections, good hygiene practices should be followed:

· Stay up to-date on all required immunizations, including the flu shot.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

· Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough with a tissue or flexed elbow.

· After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

· Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

· Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

· If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

· If you have flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Immediately contact your healthcare provider if conditions and symptoms get worse.

· If prescribed antiviral medication, please complete the entire treatment regimen.

· Restrict non-essential travel to China.

· Staying informed and engaged, every step of the way.

County Public Health website:

Great California Shake Out Drill at Roy’s Station

On Thursday October 17, 2019 at 10:17 am, Japantown Prepared! presented the annual earthquake drill at Roy’s Station. Lynne Yamaichi brought the Lotus Pre-School children and San Jose Fire Station 1 dropped by to answer questions. The patrons at Roy’s thought they were just stopping by to get their cup of great coffee or tea but they ended up participating in the earthquake drill. We also had seniors come from the Japantown Senior Apartment and Mark Teagle represented Wesley United Methodist Church. Thanks to Frank and Carole Rast, Jasmine and the staff at Roy’s for being our community incident command post. If there is a problem in Japantown, Roy’s is the community center. If you would like more information about preparedness, please send an email to:

Public Safety Shut-Off

After the wild fires in Northern California in 2018, PG&E instituted a policy of turning off electrical power to transmission and distribution lines. During periods of high temperatures, high winds low humidity, de-energizing the wires minimizes fires if equipment breaks or trees contact them. If these conditions exist near a transmission line, the actual area without power might be miles away at the end of the line. PG&E makes an effort to notify the public when a PSPS is possible and imminent.

Japantown Prepared! offers the following suggestions:

  • sign up for PSPS alerts from
  • monitor local news stations and social media web sites for updates
  • be prepared to deal with a power outages such as install a home battery, install solar panels with a battery (the solar panels don’t power the house when the power is cut off is there is no battery), get a generator and/or have an place to go where power is available
  • know your neighbors and check on people who have medical challenges
  • San Jose often opens up refuge centers at community centers. At the last PSPS, the Roosevelt Park center was activated
  • you can charge small devices in your vehicle with adapter cables
  • if your water is pressurized using electricity, you may lose water pressure