Japanese fire drills are not too different from the 100 or so I experienced during my public schooling in the US. Kids walk out single-file with their teachers as quickly, orderly, and quietly as possible but this is kind of where the similarities end for me.
One interesting quirk about official disaster drills in Japan is that most staff or people in positions of power have a hard helmet ready for times like these. It doesn’t matter if its an earthquake drill or fire drill, the helmets are worn. I guess its great for worst case scenarios where you are a bit late in evacuating the building for clear grounds, but in most cases you probably won’t even have time to retrieve your helmet. I know I won’t as I am never at my desk when these things happen.
The students also wear something on their head. Every student has a seat cushion that doubles as a semi fire-resistant, debris protection apparatus. It looks kind of ridiculous and I doubt very much that it will help much in times of fire if the cushion is still over the fire retardant material. As for quakes with the cushion, well… it might help make identification of the victims after rescue crews pick through debris.
Differences aside, the kids are pretty well drilled about evacuating and they do a really good job getting out in an orderly and timely manner. I always enjoy the small demonstrations they have with the local fire fighters. Its fun to watch them put out oil fires with fire extinguishers. Japanese fire trucks sure are cute and tiny.