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Indonesia, October 1, 2009

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    Mercy Corps Indonesia Country Director Sean Granville-Ross spoke to CBS News from Jakarta. Photo:

The key to responding quickly to any emergency is being prepared. With people on the ground and plans already in place, Mercy Corps is leading an international team of non-governmental organizations as we all respond to the two recent earthquakes in Sumatra, Indonesia.

On CNN, Nancy Lindborg, Mercy Corps President, talked about our established local capacity to respond quickly to emergencies — even multiple emergencies — in the areas where we work.

As the death toll surpassed 1,000 people, Sean Granville-Ross, our Indonesian Country Director, spoke via phone to CBS about the aftermath of the earthquake in Padang and how Mercy Corps is helping the people there.

Paul Jeffery, Mercy Corps' Senior Program Manger Southeast Asia spoke to local Portland station KGW about our response and what we were hearing from the field. At the time of the interview, we had not been able to contact all of our staff. The good news is that just a half day later, and after a second strong earthquake, we've made contact with all of the Mercy Corps staff in Padang and they have already begun to respond.