Local Red Cross Addresses Chile Earthquake

by Emily Baird on February 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

It is the second earthquake the world has witnessed in two months. An 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile early this morning.

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross says anytime you encounter a natural disaster, like this one, it devastates a country, but Readiness and Development Manager, Keely Warden, says the results will be different than the one that struck Haiti.

"I don’t think we’re going to see that bad. It’s a little bit better built area. People are prepared for the earthquakes. They were a little bit more ready for the disaster before it struck-if you can even say you can be ready for a disaster, " says Warden.

The Chilean Red Cross has 40 branches located in that area. So, it already has some supplies, volunteers, and staff members that can provide aide. Power has been cut off to most of these branches though, which has forced them to run off generators for the time being.

Warden says there’s not much people can do right now.

"There has not been a fund started yet. It’s too early to see what the devastation’s going to be and how much assistance is needed, " says Warden.

Yet, she wants people to know that the American Red Cross, representing all 50 states, has already sent over $50,000 to help with the immediate relief effort.