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September is National Preparedness Month. Emergency preparedness is one of those topics that is easily pushed to the back-burner, but in light of recent natural disasters around the country, National Preparedness Month reminds us how important emergency preparedness is. In 2011 natural disasters have become almost commonplace: Most recently, the east coast was shaken up by Hurricane Irene and an unusual 5.8 earthquake. In late spring, tornadoes raged in the Midwest. Earlier this year, a massive 9.0 earthquake rocked Japan and its resulting tsunami was felt as far as California. And this September marks the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Luckily, the Pacific Southwest Region has been able to avoid many of these disasters, but we are especially vulnerable to earthquakes, flash floods, hurricanes, monsoons, thunderstorms, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and wildfires. The theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month is “A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.” This September, let us remember all of these events and prepare ourselves, both personally and professionally, for any future disasters or emergencies.
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This article is a compelling and moving personal account of the Samoan tsunami by Sonja Evensen from PREL, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning. Sonja had been in American Samoa on PREL business and had been surfing in Western Samoa. Once you start reading this article, you won’t stop until you reach the end.
With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, librarians Alice Hadley and Arlene Cohen have been hard at work helping the Yap State Hospital put a new medical library in place after Typhoon Sudal.