“The fortunate ones will be billeted indefinitely on the floor of school gyms and town halls – and with more than half a million now homeless these shelters are rapidly deteriorating into freezing, unsanitary hell-holes.”
|Photo by EPA. Snow covers the remains of the town of Minamisanriku
in the prefecture [state] of Miyagi.
The above photos and quotes come from London’s Daily Mail and it is a story of both local officials and ordinary people who were counting on their federal government to come and help them (and were promised help) and, eight days into the disaster, nothing.
If you read the story, your memories of Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill will come to mind. I bring this to you for two reasons:
- The Japanese people need our prayers and our assistance.
- There is zero reason to believe the U.S. government (based on past experience) will do better than the Japanese (“the best prepared nation in the world for disasters”) when the next catastrophe occurs in the U.S. This is why I urge you to be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least two weeks. There are suggestions in postings below.