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Plan International Monitoring Situation After Earthquake

JAKARTA - Plan International is closely monitoring the impact of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of West Sumatra Island in Indonesia.

“We have local partners who are on the ground and operational in areas that could be affected by an earthquake or tsunami. We are in communication with them and are on standby to launch an emergency response if required,” says Mingming Remata-Evora, Country Director for Plan International Indonesia. “We are communicating with government agencies and humanitarian organizations. Our Emergency Response team is closely monitoring the situation and will be prepared to respond, if needed.”

Plan International has pre-positioned emergency supplies that can be distributed to communities in urgent need if requested, including emergency shelter kits and other urgent humanitarian supplies. Plan is also coordinating with the National Disaster Management Authority and in-country humanitarian organizations.

Plan has decades of experience responding to emergencies, both in Indonesia and around the world. In emergencies, Plan places the safety and protection of children as central to any humanitarian response. Plan will also focus on providing urgent relief in affected communities, including potentially emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation supplies, and enacting core child protection protocols and providing support services to children.

Plan International has been working in Indonesia since 1969. Areas that may be affected by today’s earthquake include parts of Indonesia where Plan International was part of a massive emergency response to the 2010 earthquake on Mentawai Island and following the massive 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Note to Editors: Plan International staff in Indonesia and in Bangkok are available for interviews.

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