Devastating Earthquake in China Reminds Alaskans to Be Prepared
Yesterday’s earthquake in China also has local relief agencies requesting donations.
Contact: Genevieve Maurits
Yesterday’s earthquake in China also has local relief agencies requesting donations. Yesterday, May 12th, in Chengdu, China a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed over 12,000 people. The devastating earthquake has left behind a number of injured, hungry people without a place to call home. Locally, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Municipality of Anchorage Office of Emergency Management have teamed up to make sure Alaskans prepare, and to request relief for those that have survived the devastating earthquake in China. The last major earthquake China experienced was on August 25, 1933 at 7.5 magnitude killing 9,300 people. This is a good reminder to that earthquakes can happen at any time and that as Alaska residents, we live in one of the most seismically active areas in the world. Please take time during your spring cleaning to update your family disaster supply kit and plans. The Municipality of Anchorage Office of Emergency Management reminds you to:
- Practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold”
- Review Emergency Plans for your home, work and children’s school.
- Prepare your Family Disaster Supply Kit
- Update your kit by rotating water and food items every six months, review and replace necessary prescription information and important family documents.
Visit www.muni.org/oem for more information on personal preparedness.
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