Media Info: Lower Hudson News - lohud.com, 12 April 2011, 9:18pm
Spring Valley EMT aids towns, shelter in Japan, praises country's disaster response
SPRING VALLEY — While thousands of people were fleeing the triple disaster — earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis — in Japan, Ayal Lindeman was headed into some of the hardest-hit parts of the country.The 54-year-old Spring Valley resident and frequent first responder to disasters in Haiti and the Gulf Coast returned home Friday after a 10-day deployment.
Today, one month after what has become known as Higashi Nihon Daishinsai, "The Eastern Japan Great Earthquake Disaster," some 160,000 displaced persons are still subsisting in makeshift shelters in hundreds of schools, hospitals and public gyms. Scientology Volunteer Ministers have been providing physical and personal relief to survivors for the past month.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Earthquake-ravaged Kesennuma Deliver Food to Remote Areas—On BicycleSubmitted by csinet on Sat, 2011-04-09 11:19
With roads impassable and relief services stretched to the limits, delivering food and supplies to ill, injured and elderly residents in outlying rural areas around Kesennuma remained a critical but unsolved dilemma for government and civilian relief forces.
The Volunteer Minister disaster relief team, who has operated a shelter in Hashikami Junior High School in Kesennuma for the past month, took on the challenge, proving once again their motto—“Something Can Be Done About It”—isn’t just words.
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture at 11:32 p.m. local time on Thursday. Evacuation orders were issued for homes along the northeast coastline.
In Tokyo, buildings shook violently for a full minute during the quake and electricity was cut although there were no reports of serious damage. And while sirens went off in Japan’s coastal cities, warning of a tsunami, alerts were cancelled ninety minutes later.
All Volunteer Minister groups are fine and prepare to take on more evacuees in the shelters they are working in.