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March 15, 2011

Social Media To The Rescue

Catastrophes and upheavals, both natural and human-caused are...

...a challenge to all of us. They can also remind us of what we share and who we are.

The recent earthquake and tsunami - and then radiation leaks - in Japan all remind us that, no matter how prepared we might be, disaster can hit any of us.

I live on the West Coast of North America. We also have earthquakes on a regular basis. Tsunami evacuation route signs are common where I live.

The last major earthquake in my area was a 6.8 in 2001. Immediately after our quake, our phones were down for several hours.

In Japan, thanks to the recent quake and tsunami, power and phones have been unavailable for almost a week - but fortunately there are newer and better tools to communicate with - or help find - impacted friends and family. Twitter, Skype and Facebook have literally been lifesavers. Even with traditional communication systems broken, Twitter, Youtube and the other forms of social media let the world know - and see directly - the scale and intensity of the disaster.

Several of the major phone companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, T-Mobile and Sprint have offered free phone calls and texting to Japan. For details, contact your provider or click here - http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/14/6266703-make-free-cell-phone-calls-to-japan .

For further information and to make donations, take a look at the Red Cross website - http://www.redcross.org/.

We share this one unique and wonderful planet,and these events remind us directly how much we need each other. Over fifty nations have sent rescue assistance already, and more are standing by.

Our thoughts and prayers, along with our money and assistance, are with the people of Japan in this difficult time.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). Morf is currently a radio host (http://www.tacoma.fm/) a newspaper columnist and a teacher of English at the college level. You can contact him directly at mmorf@mail.com.


Posted by mmorf at March 15, 2011 09:04 PM

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