Earthquakes: helping Indonesians and preparing for ours
The latest dealth toll for the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck on Saturday in Indonesia is now 5700 people. In addition, 200,000 people have lost their homes. And I just found out about it today, making me feel like an out-of-touch American.
You can make a donation to help the people of Indonesia by going to the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies.
This is also yet another reminder that I am not at all prepared for an earthquake here at home. Lots of information about earthquakes and how to prepare for them is available in the USGS handbook. I have moved my earthquake-preparedness to-dos to a little higher on my priority list. I don’t yet have a disaster kit. The USGS recommends that you always have the following within easy reach:
- Medications and medical consent forms for dependents.
- First aid kit and handbook.
- Spare eyeglasses and personal hygiene supplies.
- Bottled water.
- Whistle (to alert rescuers to your location).
- Emergency cash.
- List of emergency contact phone numbers.
- Snack foods high in calories.
- Emergency lighting.
- Comfort items, such as games, crayons, writing materials, and teddy bears.