March 17, 2011 – Last Friday we all watched the news in awe of the events unfolding along the east coast of Japan. The disaster was of epic proportions, an 8.9 earthquake and resulting tsunami that left towns and villages completely devastated.
The Red Cross is doing all it can to help victims in Japan.
– In the first 24 hours, the Japanese Red Cross dispatched 62 response teams. These medical relief teams – made up of about 400 doctors, nurses and support staff – are providing assistance in affected areas through mobile medical clinics, as well as assessing the damage and needs of the communities affected.
– More than 300,000 people who were evacuated before the tsunami struck have been housed in temporary centers set up in schools and public buildings where the Red Cross has distributed upwards of 30,000 blankets so far.
– Concerning the nuclear spills, the Japanese Red Cross is supporting the evacuation surrounding two of the country’s nuclear power plants. They also have the resources to decontaminate people who have been exposed to radiation.
– People in Japan and other Pacific countries can register at http://www.icrc.org/familylinks to inform family and friends they are safe and provide current contact info.
The American Red Cross has made an initial donation of $10 million dollars to the Japanese Red Cross to assist with medical care and relief efforts. To support disaster relief efforts, you can go to www.redcross.org or www.redcrossggr.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. You can also donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
Click here to view a Slideshow of Red Cross work in Japan.