Our hearts go out to the people in Japan who are dealing with destruction on a level that is unimaginable. More than a week after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake shook the country and set off a chain of catastrophic events, hundreds of thousands of Japanese are homeless and many do not have ready access to food and water. Events continue to unfold, and the effects of this disaster will likely be felt for many, many years to come.
There are really no words to describe the images that we’ve seen. Entire towns and villages were completely devastated in just minutes. People’s lives were washed away in the blink of an eye.
This tragedy has touched the hearts of people around the world. We sympathize with the Japanese, imagining what it would be like to lose everything and everyone we love in little more than a quarter of an hour. Where would we turn for help? What would we do to rebuild our lives? Those questions are difficult, and the Japanese people are struggling to find answers to them.
As you continue to follow the news out of Japan, I hope you will take a minute to think about your own preparedness. Although earthquakes are rare in Georgia, they do happen from time to time and can cause significant damage. Take a minute to read up on Georgia’s earthquake risk and to learn about steps you should take to protect yourself and your family.
I also encourage you to put your new knowledge to the test by signing up for The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. On April 28 at 10:15 a.m., more than a million people in 11 states will participate in a brief earthquake drill. You can “Drop, Cover and Hold On” wherever you are, so I encourage you to participate and to recruit your co-workers, friends and family to participate as well.