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Maybe just getting off or our collective butts and preparing for when it happens in Indiana, again. The largest earthquake in North American history happened with the New Madrid Fault in 1811. It can happen here.
No amount of prayer will stop it or help when it happens. And it will, it's the way the planet is built, folks.
Hi--Google has posted a Japan Quake Person Finder at http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en
You can look for people you're worried about and also post information about people you know are okay if you've heard from them.
Prayers and good thoughts to all those affected in Japan and throughout the whole Pacific region.
first ,by taking a deep breath, it's horrible but before you give ,check what the neighboring countries are doing, they are logistically able to do more,what is the UN doing,there is no need to duplicate. then give to the organizations that have the best handle on the situation. it is not always the US. Please watch out for tear jerking rip offs!
also get your own emergency kits and plans together
finally pray for those there and us here.
Great question. My answer is simple, even blunt. Just go do something good... for someone... anyone in need ... anywhere. Monetary donations to the Red Cross and other response agencies are a SPLENDID way to extend their reach. But don't stop there.
If, as individuals, we can't DO something directly in support of THIS disaster, then let's do something here, now, in honor of it. Good, compassionate acts of kindness go toward the collective good.
As someone with family @60 miles from the concerns in Japan, my humble suggestion is to stay on top of the local agencies and organizations collecting money "for Japan" to learn where are they sending the collection.
Folks not as close to it can ask "Who is being helped by the collection of money?" Would like to see the tracking information of how is the collected funds going to be used? Or how will will donated generosities help Hoosier families with family members in Japan. With all the money sent, seems like some boats and buses could be hired to help collect folks closest to the areas of concern...