Posted by: Brad Carroll, Press Secretary
A year ago today, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, destroying infrastructure, homes, businesses, schools, and claiming tens of thousands of lives. The entire emergency management team responded (including a number of federal agencies, led by our partners at the U.S. Agency for International Development, other countries, as well as international organizations, volunteer groups, the private sector, and over $1 billion in donations), helping thousands of Haitians meet their immediate needs following the earthquake. The recovery is ongoing and not yet complete.
Today, as our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the earthquake, we're urging Americans to be prepared for emergencies. While we won’t be able to prevent natural disasters from happening, we can mitigate their affects by having an emergency kit, making an emergency plan, and being informed of the risks in your area.
This video from Administrator Fugate says it best:
What lessons has the Haitian earthquake taught you or your community?