Earlier today, New Zealand was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, followed by several aftershocks ranging between 4.5 to 5.7 magnitudes. There is widespread damage throughout Christchurch, including collapsed buildings in the center of the city and damage to roads and bridges. Electricity supplies have been cut to about half of the city and Christchurch airport is closed.
Despite the conditions, the New Zealand Red Cross is already hard at work, providing first aid and helping families re-connect with their loved ones.
While our hearts are across the globe, our minds are right here at home. Would Oregonians be prepared if a similar disaster were to strike our state? It’s a matter of when, not if, our state will feel the impact of an earthquake…will you be ready?
Please take this opportunity to refresh your personal disaster plan by taking the free, interactive Be Red Cross Ready class. While an earthquake anywhere is a terrible reminder, it’s a reminder nonetheless — don’t let it pass you by.