George Fox hosts disaster preparedness workshop

George Fox is organizing a campaign to show support to victims of the Japan earthquake.

George Fox University's Trauma Response Institute is teaming with Medical Teams International to host a free home disaster preparedness workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, May 14, at the Portland Center.

Oregon is at risk of a disaster similar to the 8.9 earthquake that struck Japan on March 11. This week’s workshop will teach attendees how to be more prepared at home and at work to survive a similar event.

Ian Yocum, battalion chief with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, will share about his Medical Teams International (MTI) relief work in Japan and the struggles that continue to challenge their recovery. Also present will be Mike Lueck, emergency management coordinator with the Tigard Police Department and a trainer for Tigard Community Emergency Response Teams.

The workshop is free but donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going toward MTI’s disaster relief effort in Japan. For more information, contact Anna Berardi at 503-554-6104.

Last month, the Trauma Response Institute organized a "Notes of Encouragement" letter-writing campaign to show support for victims of the Japan quake. More than 600 letters were gathered and sent to students who attend college (undergraduate and graduate school, age 25 and younger) at Tokyo City University and children living in shelters in the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster zones.