Four days into the restless mission to bring Japan back to as state of recognition, rescue crews are still finding bodies washing up along the Japan coastline. Family members fear the worse as the days progress and the number of survivors are little to none.
On Tuesday, 15 March 2011, two additional survivors were located among the debris that has been washed up on the shore of Japan. Although there is little to no hope of finding any more living survivors, recovery teams push forward in their quest to carry out this mission. In addition to the broken hearts and overwhelming sense of depression, citizens now have another fear to battle: aftershock quakes. With more than a dozen aftershock earthquakes under its belt, the nation of Japan is finding it even harder to stabilize conditions as the earth moves beneath them. It is literally going to take the world to bring this nation back to what it once was.
At this point, there is no room for error; the Japanese government has recently overcome their setback of not knowing where to begin or what efforts to enforce. With a recovery plan in place, relief efforts are estimated to start picking up within the next few days.
As gruesome as it may seem, bodies of the unfortunate Japan earthquake victims are continuously being discovered and discarded accordingly as the fatalities are too large to have formal funerals put into place. Outside of the staggering number of casualties, survivors are learning new ways to fend for their lives and putting the thought of finding lost family members and friends on the back of their mind. Although Japan is at its all time low, the efforts of the 70+ nations in conjunction with rebuilding the nation will slowly but surely bring it back to what it once was known for.
This is the 1st part of a 2 parts article that talks about helping children deal with the stress and agony an earthquake can bring to them.
“Did you know that thousands of earthquakes happen in the world every year? It’s true, but most are too small to be felt by people and only a few are strong enough to cause damage. Earthquakes are caused by the constant motion of the earth’s surface. This motion causes buildup and release of energy stored in rocks at, or near, the earth’s surface. The ‘quake’ is the sudden rapid shaking of the earth as this energy is released. We can’t do anything to prevent earthquakes .…………….. (but) ….. Children are able to cope most easily if they understand what happens and if they know what to do.”
The above information comes from the Introduction of Earthquakes: What You Can Do With Your Children, by Beryl Cheal. (Cheal, 1997). Included in the booklet are many activities that adults, working with young children, can do to help children heal from the frightening experience of living through an earthquake.
But before we think of helping children understand why earthquakes occur let’s look at what frequently happens when children experience a traumatic event and what staff working with young children can do to help them restore a sense of security, well-being and confidence.
Children who have survived disaster need emotional support. They need to know that someone is there to take care of them and keep them safe.
The good news is that there are windows of opportunity. If adults respond to children as soon as possible after a disaster it can help most children return to a normal life.
Here are some things that adults can do. Staff in your program may already be doing some of the things listed here so these may just be reminders. We all need reminders once in a while!
You may have seen pictures or video of rock, mud and water sliding down hills, but exactly what are landslides? While some call them landslides, they’re also known as debris fall and what they are is a continuous movement of mud and debris from higher points down to lower areas via a slope.
Typically landslides occur after a rain storm of some sort, but it’s not uncommon for them to take place under dry conditions.
A landslide can carry water, mud, trees and their roots, garbage and even raw sewage. The makeup of a landslide depends on where the landslide originated. If the onslaught began on a mountain, it’s contents would simply be water, rocks, mud and possibly trees.
However, if the debris flow began in an urban area, the possibility of raw sewage being among the slide grows. Regardless of the composition of the landslide, they are very dangerous with their strength and capacity to sweep away cars, RVs, and even homes that are not secured to a sturdy foundation.
Who has not experienced any natural disaster be it fire or flood or tsunami at least one time in his lifetime? Amid such disasters, it is depressing that men lose their lives and properties and assets. Individuals or family members who do not do something regarding an upcoming disaster in general suffer the most. Disaster preparedness can help steer clear of all the perils and casualties that may take place in such times and protect the lives of your family members and community.
The government cannot do alone all the emergency arrangements, every community possesses its own duty. What should you know and do in getting ready for any disaster? The rest of this short article tackles this issue of disaster readiness and could help your family prepare before any calamity occurs.
What You Can Do With Your Documents
Just before any disaster ever takes place, you would like to secure all your crucial papers like birth certificates, insurance policies, title deeds, etc. A safety deposit box seems to be a good storage space for the original documents and you can personally retain the duplicate copies. It's highly recommended to have some money on hand should there be a need to evacuate.