While the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami have passed, the recovery and mourning has just begun. The disaster could become the most expensive earthquake in history.
The crisis could get even worse, depending on what happens next at the nuclear power plants.
This is the time to help and many organizations and businesses are doing just that.
Below are listed some of these efforts and ways that you can help the people of Japan get through this crisis.
• Microsoft is making an initial commitment of $2 million, which includes $250,000 in cash as well as in-kind contributions. In addition to its many other efforts, Microsoft is also reaching out to customers, local government, inter-government and nonprofit agencies to support relief efforts.
• The American Red Cross has once again launched a texting campaign to raise money for relief efforts in the Pacific region. Last year, the Red Cross was able to raise over $20 million for Haiti relief through simple text donations. To donate to the American Red Cross for Japan Earthquake Relief, text REDCROSS to 90999. Each text will provide $10 towards the Red Cross’s humanitarian efforts.
The Red Cross has also launched a campaign on causes to raise at least $25,000 for relief efforts. By logging in to Facebook, you can donate anywhere from $10 to $500 to help Tsunami victims and their families.
• NetHope, a collaboration of the world’s leading humanitarian response organizations, is mobilizing efforts to support aid agencies responding in the region.
• World Vision is mobilizing in response to the earthquake and tsunami.
• Save the Children is responding to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake and its aftermath. Donations can be made to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.
• International Medical Corps is responding to the health needs of the disaster’s victims.
• Mercy Corps is working with its partner Charity Peace Winds Japan to accept donations.
These are just a few of the ways to help the earthquakes and tsunami victims. Many other organizations are also mobilizing to help.
This tragedy in Japan also serves as a reminder that Redmond and the entire Puget Sound region is at risk from natural disasters. Now is a good time for everyone to look at their level of emergency preparedness and make sure they are ready, before an emergency strikes.
The Redmond Office of Emergency Management offers these tips:
• Review your disaster plan and preparedness procedures with your household.
• Look at your disaster kit and refresh items as needed. If you don’t have a disaster kit yet, take time to create one. For assistance visit www.redmond.gov/PublicSafety/DisasterPreparedness/howtobuildadisasterkit
• Practice with your family Drop, Cover and Hold. Visit www.emd.wa.us/preparedness for information on this and many other safe practices.
• Check on neighbors, especially the elderly, and review the disaster plan with them.
• Listen to local media and monitor the Internet in an emergency, and be ready to follow instructions.
• Seconds count in a crisis. The more you practice the better chance you and your family have of escaping serious injury.