Posts Tagged ‘earthquake’

Different Earthquake, Same Question: Are You Ready?

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Chile earthquakeWhen the Haiti earthquake struck in January, the incident was a wake-up call to the rest of the world, and we encouraged readers to prepare an earthquake emergency kit. Last week, a devastatingly large earthquake hit Chile — an 8.8 magnitude that has left near 1,000 dead. Today, we’re asking you the same question we did less than two months ago:

Are you ready yet?

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Haiti’s Earthquake: Would You Have Been Prepared?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Earthquake KitIn yesterday’s post,  I touched on the tragedy in Haiti last week. I mentioned that despite the immense devastation, I was encouraged by the world’s response of generous giving. And while that was true, I also found myself wondering about the seeming unpreparedness that some organizations have displayed in sending aid to the hurting nation. This, of course, led me to the question, “Why weren’t more people prepared for this?” Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes — these things happen. Just because we don’t know exactly when they’re coming doesn’t exclude the fact that we know they are coming. And then I probed a little deeper, asking myself a similar question: Would I have been prepared for a disaster like this were it to strike my own home?

Quite honestly, I had to say no. Unfortunately, I imagine many others would respond similarly given the same question. So, in light of my personal negligence and disregard for safety, I’ve compiled a number of references below on earthquake kits and earthquake safety.

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Helping Haiti Recover from Disaster

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Peacekeeping - MINUSTAHIt seemed like the world was in a fog following the disastrous events in Haiti last week. I know I was…

The Caribbean nation experienced a massive 7.0 earthquake on Tuesday that left the country in ruins, and over 100,000 people are estimated dead. While learning about such a tragedy was heart-wrenching, I was encouraged to see immediate efforts to collect resources and send aid to the hurting nation. Countless relief organizations began allocating funds, governments mobilized aide workers, and many people began generously giving — even in the midst of a financial crisis. This outpouring of money and resources has overwhelmingly shown us that love for your fellow man is more important than personal wealth and prosperity.

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