Organizations Mobilize to Assist Japan
Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on Friday, March 11. The magnitude-8.9 quake spawned a deadly tsunami that slammed into the nation's east coast, leaving a huge swath of devastation in its wake. Many people are feared dead and many more are still missing or injured. A number of organizations are assisting.
Make a Donation
The American Red Cross has mobilized resources, in coordination with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state Emergency Operation Centers across the U.S. Individuals who want to help with monetary donations can:
- Visit www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami
- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those in the affected areas
Connect with Family and Friends
- The American Red Cross has launched a special Family Links Web site to help people seeking to re-establish contact with family members and friends. Visit www.icrc.org/familylinks.
- AT&T has implemented international calling and texting support efforts for U.S. residential wireless and wireline customers trying to connect with loved ones in Japan. Beginning March 11 through March 31, AT&T wireless postpaid customers will not be charged for international long distance usage from the U.S. and Puerto Rico to Japan; nor for text messages to Japan, originated from a U.S. wireless number.
Residential wireline customers can seek credits for up to 60 minutes of direct dial calls to Japan between March 11 – 31. More…
Visit USA.gov's new page, Japan 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami -- U.S. Government Information. You'll find a variety of resources, including:
- Updates on air quality and food safety in the United States.
- Information about Potassium Iodide (KI).
- Monitoring of food, mail, and cargo from Japan.
- Information about evacuations for Americans in Japan.
- Advisories on travel to Japan.
- Information about donations and relief efforts.
- Disaster preparedness resources.