OTTAWA, March 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Red Cross is calling for
greater investment in local preparedness initiatives one year after an
earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of Japan. The 9.0 magnitude
earthquake, massive tsunami, and Fukishima Daiichi nuclear power plant
disaster, killed more than 15,000 people, and left hundreds of
thousands homeless. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami warning for
British Columbia and areas across the Pacific Rim.
"The scope of this disaster, especially considering Japan was one of the
world's best-prepared countries, was massive," says Conrad Sauvé,
secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. "We are encouraged
by the positive impact Canadian donations have and continue to have in
Japan however, the anniversary reminds us of the need for Canadian
communities to better prepare for emergencies."
The Canadian Red Cross has responded to over 1,750 separate incidents in
Canada since April 2011, and provided services to over 35,700
individuals affected by natural and human-caused emergencies across the
"The impressive humanitarian response in Japan is the result of
considerable investment and planning," adds Sauvé. " Greater investment
by Canadian individuals, humanitarian organizations and governments is
needed to ensure Canada is prepared for a large-scale emergency."
Canadian households and communities can take simple but effective steps
to prepare for disasters. Be prepared to take care of yourself and your
family for at least 72 hours after an emergency and for up to two weeks
in a health emergency like a pandemic. Learn the risks and hazards in
your community; make a family emergency plan; and get or make an
emergency preparedness kit. More information on planning for
emergencies is available at www.redcross.ca/prepare.
The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and
Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of
the Red Cross and 187 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing
the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
SOURCE CANADIAN RED CROSS
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