I'm Ben, I'm 17 years old and I live at home with my parents, and my 13 year old sister, Maggie. My parents are attending a funeral in Vermont so Maggie and I are home alone. I was sitting home alone playing video games while Maggie was at school. It was around two in the afternoon when it happened.
I hope she will be ok.
The ground started shaking, and right away I knew it was an earthquake. I knew that I had to get Maggie from school and take her to Oakland, which is on higher ground than most of San Francisco including where our house is. I grabbed my phone, some money and ran to get Maggie from her school.
"Where are they?"
When I got Maggie from school, she seemed pixilated from everything that happened. The streets were hard to move through as fault lines broke through the center. It was also hard to go anywhere because the police and fire department were trying to rescue those who were trapped in their houses.
We arrived at the hospital in Oakland and sat in the waiting room. After I finally was able to convince the doctors to check Maggie out for any sickness, they soon found that she had dysentery from the many people that had the disease so it spread quickly including to Maggie. The doctors told me and the relatives of other people with it, that there was no more medicine in the city and the closest supply was in Sacramento over 85 miles away. I along with three others volunteered to go there and get the medicine.
"But, we do not have any medicine."
We received the medicine from the hospital in Sacramento and returned to San Francisco. When we returned we were all bloody and hurting because the car we use crashed after driving down the highway that had broken apart due to the earthquake. By the time we got back to the hospital the situation in Oakland deteriorated and the hospital had been evacuated. I then left the group with a man named Greg and headed for another hospital.
Once me and Greg reached the hospital Maggie was in, the doctors gave her the medicine she needed and Greg and I got our injures fixed. After Maggie got better we soon heard that our parents were waiting outside for us and we ran to meet them. We embraced over the fact that we are all still here even if our house is gone as with most of our belongings. I just knew at the end of the day I'm glad Maggie made it through.