Many of us have earthquake stories. Sue and I have experienced them living in Utah, California, and Taiwan. In Taiwan they were so frequent we would often pause mid-sentence while we waited for the earthquake to pass, and then continue on in conversation without even acknowledging that the walls had been moving.
And yet, an 8.9 in Japan last night is hard for me to comprehend. If you’re like me, in this type of situation you have likely already asked yourself, “How can I help?” While there is no perfect answer, the American Red Cross is accepting donations to benefit disaster relief efforts for the Japan earthquake and the Pacific tsunami. To donate, go to www.utahredcross.org, or click here. You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. I know from having served on the board of the local chapter, the Mountain Valley Chapter, that donations are always needed but never more than right now. The LDS Church is also currently assessing how to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
I’m confident that I speak for all of Provo when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in Japan and surrounding Pacific areas. Perhaps this is a good wakeup call to all of us to be prepared here on our own home front.