by Jennifer Hubbard
On Sunday, March 5, 2017, Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Anderson Mackey spoke at Love to Nippon 2017, a memorial event on the sixth anniversary of the great earthquake and tsunami in East Japan.
Six years ago on March 11, 2011, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) deployed USA Task Force 2 (USA-2), the Department’s international USAR team, to Japan in response to the natural disaster. Their participation in the aftermath helped foster a strong alliance between the Department and the Japanese community.
The Department and USA-2 members join the Love to Nippon Project each year to honor survivors and those who lost their lives in Japan, and to learn from the tragedy by providing awareness of how to respond to similar unpredictable events in Southern California.
This year’s event took place at the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters. Chief Mackey shared with attendees, “We will never forget what happened there in 2011 – and the many lives that were lost.” He also addressed what the Department is doing to better prepare residents for a natural disaster.
Love to Nippon is a non-profit founded by Marina del Rey’s Masako Unoura-Tanaka. She is a survivor of the tsunami who was visiting her father in Japan during the tragedy. The organization supports recovery and rebuilding efforts in Japan as well as promotes disaster awareness and training programs in Southern California.