Posts Tagged ‘Earthquake’

postheadericon 018 Rotary Club Radio – Laura Kressin – Rotary Exchange Student to Japan

Update from Laura Kriessin on 4/22/11

All the students and staff at my high school, Tokiwagi Gakuen, are safe.   As far as shortages, etc., things are getting better.  Sendai Airport has also started having domestic flights again.

Unfortunately, last week, my first host mother, father and younger sister went to my host mother’s home town to attend the funeral of her niece and niece’s husband, who are still considered missing.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk on Rotary radio.

~ Laura

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Rotary Club has been fighting Polio for a long time.  We have seen a lot of great things happen through our efforts, but some still ask, “How close are we to seeing Polio eradicated?”

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018 Rotary Club Radio – Laura Kressin – Rotary Exchange Student to Japan

Laura Kressin

Laura Kressin at Graduation with Parents

Cannon Falls Rotary Club exchange student to Japan, Laura Kressin, joined us on on Rotary Club Radio to talk about her amazing experience in Japan during the March 11, 2011 earthquake that shook the country.

  • Listen to Laura describe the events as she experienced them back on March 11th and follower her through the emotional roller-coaster that eventually led her back to Cannon Falls, MN, leaving behind her friends and host families she had grown to love over the past 8 months in Japan.
  • Not knowing if classmates had survived, she continues to try to contact her host family in efforts to hear actual news about the tragedy.
  • How did her parents, Ken and Heidi Kressin, cope with the news and what eventually brought Laura home?

We want to thank Laura for giving us some of her time to tell us her story and challenge us to continue to remember and give to the people of Japan.

Shelter Box

In the last episode, #17, I presented the opportunity for listeners to donate to Shelter Box via Rotary Club Radio and we’ll continue to collect donations, but if you’d rather donate directly to Shelter Box, visit: www.ShelterBoxUSA.org.

Shelter Box has committed over 1,500 shelter boxes to Japan.  Shelter Boxes include a shelter (tent) large enough for 10 people, blankets, lights, water purification kit, tools, cook stove, plates, cups, utensils, and even some gifts for kids – to help them cope with the disaster.

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Links:

www.cannonfallsrotary.org

www.Rotary5960.org

www.ShelterBoxUSA.org

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postheadericon 017 Rotary Club Radio – Gerry Wersal – District 5960 DGS Chair

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Donate to Shelter BoxFor today’s Rotary Club Minute, I want to turn our eyes, ears, and hearts to Rotarian’s in the country of Japan and their entire population; as well as Shelter Box International, who responded quickly to the awful situation.  As I’m sure you’ve heard, an earthquake measuring 8.9 shook the island of Japan on March 11, 2011.  This event on its own would have been bad enough, but the earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that devastated the coastal cities.

Reports, videos, and pictures from Japan show cars, boats, and building complete destroyed and carried away with waves 10 meters high.  To put this into perspective, the earthquake was reportedly 8,000 times stronger than the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand last month.

Shelter Box sent a (SRT) ShelterBox Response Team of three members to deliver the emergency disaster relief boxes to the people of Japan.  Currently, tens of thousands remain missing and feared dead and nearing a 1/2 million are left homeless, either because of the earthquake, tsunami, or evacuations resulting from the nuclear power plants damaged in the quake’s aftermath.

On March 15th, the first shipments of ShelterBoxes have finally arrived.  With emergency shelters completely overrun by the displaced, the SRT team will face the challenges of distributing the supplies in frigid temperatures, regular snowfall, a lack of food and water, and hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking your help.

For today’s Rotary Club Minute, I want to ask you to take a moment to open up your wallets and give a donation to support the efforts of Shelter Box in Japan.  I’ve asked my local Rotary Club, the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club, to accept the donations via their secured link.  Once we get enough donations for a box, we will send the donations to Shelter Box from the listeners of Rotary Club Radio.  Click the image below to donate now.

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017 Rotary Club Radio – Gerry Wersal – District 5960 DGS Chair

Gerry Wersal has been a Rotarian for 11 years and is a member of the Prior Lake Rotary Club.  He has been a leader his local club as well as in the District.  He is currently serving as the Chair of the District Grants Subcommittee.  His job, as he explains in this episode, is to review and approved projects applying for Grant money through the district.

Visit the District Grants Subcommittee web page.  There you will find downloads for:

  • 2010-11 District Grant Application & Instructions in Word Document format
  • 2010-11 District Grant Reference Guide
  • District 5960 Grant Reporting Form
  • LINK to Future Vision Plan-The Rotary Foundation

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postheadericon Dramatic Rescue in Haiti – 7 Days After the Quake

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January 25, 2010

Fading hope was restored as NYPD and FDNY rescued more earthquake victims, 7 days after the quake struck. Beating the odds, a brother and sister were rescue after their father flagged down a Haitian police office who sent for the New York City Rescue Team. That father was feeding his children through a tube and communicating with them until help arrived.

Watch the child expressions of joy as he is pulled from the wreckage, it is truly heart warming.

Haiti will face years of difficult recovery and with the death toll surpassing 150,000 people and climbing, the shattered government is trying to bury the dead and provide for the survivors. With the help of some world governments and countless organizations like Rotary and Shelter Box, Haiti has received much needed relief and supplies, but because of the chaotic scene, many still haven’t received assistance.

As more help arrives and supplies like medicine, food and clean water are delivered, the short term mission to save lives will turn into a long term mission to sustain and rebuild a nation.

Millions are now homeless and unable to contemplate the steps necessary to begin such a rebuilding task. They will need shelter, food, water, and support to begin the process. If you would like to help, you can donate money to provide a shelter box that will help give shelter and needed supplies to an extended family of 10 people.

There are many wonderful relief agencies working in Haiti right now and support from individuals and businesses are necessary for humanitarian efforts to continue.

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postheadericon 004 Rotary Club Radio – How can your Rotary Club help Haiti?

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In this episode: How can your Club help Haiti?

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You probably have heard by now that the Island of Haiti was struck with a massive 7.0 Earthquake a continues to be rattled hourly by aftershocks that are as violent as a 5.0 earthquake. The people of Haiti have been dealt an incredible blow to their community and Rotary has stepped up efforts with Shelter Box to provide over 700 shelter boxes with more to come. A 3 person SRT team is already on the ground and is organizing the immediate distribution of the Shelter Boxes. I had an opportunity to interview a SRT Member ~ David Eby ~ at the District Conference last April and he is currently on deployed in Haiti.

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But, what about our Club? What ideas do you have as a club to help in Haiti?

  • Collect money for a Shelter Box?
    – Will sustain 10 people with shelter, water purification, and cooking supplies.
    Cost: $1,000
  • Send Money to District 7020
    – Coordinating relief strategies for Haiti
    – http://www.clubrunner.ca/dprg/dxhome/_home.aspx?did=7020
    Cost: $ Donation
  • Collect Clothes, Shoes, and other supplies to be shipped to Haiti?
    – Needs to be organized and implemented immediately.
    – Possible involvement with schools and other community groups.

We know that the first 48 – 72 hours of an earthquake crisis are very important to the survival of the event. As I write this, we are approaching 68 hours and rescue will begin to turn into recovery efforts. Current estimates of death are between 50,000 – 100,000, but disease and violence will take more in the coming days and weeks. Sanitary conditions are terrible and clean water isn’t widely available ~ except via relief efforts.

The recovery for this region is expected to take years and already there are hundreds of thousands left homeless and afraid to even go back to their homes for fear that another earthquake will strike.

Links To Stories We Covered In This Episode:

www.rotary.org

www.shelterbox.org

Rotary District 7020

Relevant Videos

Interview with David Eby, SRT Member Currently Deployed to Haiti

Interview with Tom Henderson, Founder of Shelter Box

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postheadericon 003 Rotary Club Radio – Haiti Relief Efforts via Rotary and Shelter Box

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In this episode: Emergency Efforts for Haiti Earth Quake Victims via Rotary and Shelter Box.

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ShelterBoxes for Haiti being packed by the team of volunteers

Tens of thousands dead, even more left homeless and scenes of chaos; this is the picture coming out of the Caribbean island of Haiti.

The catastrophe continues to unfold and ShelterBox are working round the clock to ensure emergency shelter reaches the island as quickly as possible. Reports from Haiti say thousands of people have been sleeping in the open air for the second night running, with some people even being forced to sleep among dead bodies.

With such a pressing need for emergency shelter provision, ShelterBox is dispatching 700 ShelterBoxes with even more to be packed before the end of the week. ShelterBox is using all of the resources available to make sure immediate aid reaches Haiti. Boxes are being shipped direct from ShelterBox HQ, from prepositioned stock in Curacao and from El Salvador.

A three-person ShelterBox Response Team comprised of highly-experienced members David Eby (US), Wayne Robinson (US) and Mark Pearson (UK) are doing all they can to make it to Haiti as quickly as possible. Alongside this,the dedicated team of volunteers at ShelterBox HQ in the UK are giving up their time to help pack the ShelterBoxes ready for transportation.

ShelterBox Founder Tom Henderson said: ‘Our team around the world are doing all they can to ensure aid reaches the people of Haiti as soon as possible. With each day the need grows and we’re doing all we can to get help to the thousands of families affected by this tragedy.

‘The response from our volunteers and supporters has once again been sensational. We can’t do this without the public’s compassion and generosity. If you can help us, even in the smallest way, then please do.

www.shelterbox.org

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Links To Stories We Covered In This Episode:

www.rotary.org
www.shelterbox.org
Rotary District 7020

Relevant Videos

Interview with David Eby, SRT Member Currently Deployed to Haiti

Interview with Tom Henderson, Founder of Shelter Box

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