How To Help
Here is a brief list of relief organizations and information services that are mobilizing to help the people of Japan:
The U.S. State Department is urging U.S. citizens to contact friends and family as soon as possible. They can also e-mail the State Department at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov. Those seeking information on security in or travel to Japan can call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444.
Google is assisting in helping victims touch base with friends and loved ones. Its People Finder allows users to look for victims or post information about people. It works in five languages.
World Vision is rushing personnel into the affected areas and providing food, water, medical supplies and shelter for victims. It also plans to establish one or more “child-friendly spaces” for kids “affected by disasters to resume normal childhood activities and experience structure and security that are often lost following emergency situations.” Follow World Vision’s blog for updates, and visit its website or text “4japan” to 20222 to send a $10 donation to the group. It will show up on your next mobile phone bill.
The American Red Cross is accepting donations: text “redcross” to 90999, and you can make a $10 donation to the organization.
The Salvation Army is issuing updates via its blog, its Twitter feed andFacebook page. It also is accepting donations via text message. Those interested in contributing $10 to the group can text “japan” or “quake” to 80888.
AmeriCares, which is also accepting donations, said it is mobilizing resources and sending an emergency response manager to the region.
Save the Children is sending an emergency team to assist its staff in Japan.Donations to the group’s Children’s Emergency Fund will help preserve the welfare of young ones, who “are always the most vulnerable in a disaster,” Eiichi Sadamatsu in central Tokyo said in a statement.
Globalgiving.com has established a Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. GlobalGiving will disburse funds to organizations providing aid and relief to victims.
Organizations also providing aid are Save the Children and the International Medical Corps. The Corps is coordinating with local authorities and partners to determine the most pressing needs. It also is providing technical expertise and assisting with logistics. To contribute to the Corps’ efforts, visit its website or text “med” to 80888 to send the group a $10 donation.
The American Humane Association has set up a relief fund for rescuing animals. Donations help provide shelter and care.