For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristiana KocisPhone: (805) 722-8984
Red Cross Quickly Responds to Japan Earthquake and Local Tsunami – Urges Residents to be Prepared
San Luis Obispo County, CA, March 11, 2011:
Today at 2:40 p.m. local time, a magnitude 8.9earthquake struck Japan near the city of Sendai, which caused damage and generated a powerful tsunamiwhich struck northern Japan. A series of high magnitude aftershocks continues to hit the area. The PacificTsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami alert for all countries on the Pacific Coast.
The local RedCross will notbe deploying anyone to respond to this disaster.For information
on how someone can become a volunteer, please go to your local chapter’s website and signup for a volunteer orientation.
The San Luis Obispo County Red Cross has set up 6 evacuation centers:
: Behind Marshall's Store, 1128 W. Branch
: New Life Church, 990 James Way
: PG&E Community Center, 6588 Ontario Road
: Vet's Hall, Surf Street
: St. Joseph's Church, 360 Park Ave.
: Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire
The Japanese Red Cross is assessing the full impact of the earthquake and tsunami and has deployed
11 National Disaster Response Teams to conduct assessments, provide healthcare and first aid andplan for relief supplies distribution. The Japanese Red Cross has not made any request for internationalassistance at this moment.Red Cross national societies in the Pacific islands such as the Fiji Red Cross and the Cook Islands Red
Cross are preparing for impact of the tsunami wave and have sent out alerts via early warning systems.The American Red Cross chapters in the Pacific islands of Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, and
Guam as well as the west coast of the U.S. are on alert and stand ready to provide assistance as needed.
Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan should be referred to the U.S.Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at