Contributing to Society Post-disaster restoration and reconstruction
Checking damage status and supporting victims
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Post-disaster restoration efforts, including after typhoons in 2019
In 2019, Japan was hit by two powerful tropical cyclones, including Typhoon Faxai (No. 15) and Typhoon Hagibis (No. 19). The Sekisui House head office was in contact with the task force of each headquarters in the affected areas to provide nationwide support. The company's experience of torrential rains in western Japan the previous year were utilized in the reconstruction efforts. The General Affairs Department of the head office managed hotel rooms and rental cars centrally for employees who went to volunteer at the affected areas. We also newly developed an online house data management tool to facilitate support provided by employees.
In Chiba Prefecture, which was hard-hit by Typhoon No. 15, phone calls came in regarding 1,800 cases on the first day. The CS Promoting Department focused on setting up a system to receive those calls, and had staff on the ground contact or visit homeowners to confirm their safety. In about three days, the damage status for all affected owners had been confirmed and an initial restoration effort was conducted for approximately 300 homes.
Typhoon No. 19 caused large-scale water damage in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. The Construction Department of the head office handled the initial response, arranging necessities for homeowners.
The Tohoku Factory immediately sent backup supplies, and shared the work of visiting homeowners or calling to confirm their safety.
Reconstruction support with the help of new hires in Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Hiroshima
Every year since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 we have carried out reconstruction support activities using newly hired employees. The purpose of these efforts is to provide support in line with the needs of people in the affected areas as well as to give our new employees practice in thinking and acting in accordance with the corporate philosophy and code of conduct, and to help deepen their understanding of the true import of the housing business. In 2019 we had 460 employees participate in these efforts, for a total of 3,481 employees over an eight-year period.