Monday, March 14, 2011

How to Help Japan, and How to Get Prepared

I have pictures from this weekend's ravioli making marathon, but they are still on the camera, so I am going to cross-post my blog entry for my work blog. Hope you don't mind. I plan to have pictures tomorrow, promise!

We are all touched and saddened by the news that has been coming out of Japan this week following the earthquake and tsunami on Friday. If you are interested in making a monetary donation to relief organizations, consider using a charity rating system, such as Charity Navigator, to help decide which group to support. Charity Navigator ranks charities based on a variety of areas, including how much donor money actually gets to the people the charity serves. Doctors Without Borders is rated as a 4-star (out of 4 stars) charity, as are World Vision and Save the Children. There are many 4 and 3 star charities to choose from.

Here in Arkansas, the earthquake in Japan, as well as the recent earthquake swarm near Greenbrier and Guy, should remind us to have emergency kits and plans in place, before a natural disaster strikes. For more information about how to prepare, visit, FEMA, and the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.

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