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Earthquake in Japan and Pacific Tsunami: How You Can Help

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–March 13, 2011.  On Friday, March 11 an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami devastated parts of northern Japan. Initial reports indicate that over 1,000 people have lost their lives. Millions of people have been affected by the disaster.

InterAction member organizations have strong partnerships with civil society groups in Japan who are responding to the earthquake.

If you wish to donate, please scroll down to see a list of InterAction members who are accepting donations for earthquake relief.

InterAction has developed guidelines on the most appropriate ways to help those affected by overseas disasters.

For more information about appropriate disaster relief volunteering offers, visit the Center for International Disaster Information

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800-424-ADRA (2372)

Donation Address:

ADRA International

12501 Old Columbia Pike

Silver Spring, MD, 20904

United States

http://www.adra.org

ADRA has committed an initial response of $30,000 and has sent an assessment team toward the affected area to evaluate and prepare a broader response. ADRA Japan is providing food and shelter for train passengers that are stranded in Tokyo. ADRA is currently assessing the situation and planning a broader response. Updates will be released as response efforts expand.

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919-830-3573

Donation Address:

PO Box 546

Carlisle, MA, 01741

United States

http://www.hands.org/donate/japan-tsunami

We specialize in coordinative services and harnessing the power of volunteers to respond after a disaster. We are sending a team to assess the needs on the ground and determine our ability to address them.

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212-687-6200

Donation Address:

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

132 East 43rd St P.O. Box 530

New York, NY, 10017

United States

http://jdc.org

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is collecting funds for relief efforts and has reached out to the Japanese Government to offer its expertise in earthquake and tsunami-related response. JDC is now conducting an up-to-the-minute assessment of the situation in Japan and the Pacific Rim and has activated its network of partners to determine critical, immediate needs of the hardest-hit areas.

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1-800-RED-CROSS

Donation Address:

American Red Cross

P.O. Box 37243

Washington, DC, 20013

United States

http://www.redcross.org

The American Red Cross is accepting funding for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami disaster response. The American Red Cross chapters in the pacific islands of Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa as well as West Coast of the U.S. have been on alert for the tsunami’s arrival and stand ready to provide assistance as needed. Chapters in California, Oregon and Washington have opened shelters in preparation. Internationally, the American Red Cross is monitoring the situation and stands ready to provide international assistance as needed. Its warehouse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is fully stocked with pre-positioned relief supplies for 5,000 families and it has disaster specialists on stand by.

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203-658-9500

Donation Address:

AmeriCares

88 Hamilton Avenue

Stamford, CT, 06902

United States

http://americares.org

AmeriCares emergency team is on full alert mobilizing resources in response to the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan. AmeriCares has dispatched a disaster relief expert to the region to assess the health care needs and is prepared to send medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid as necessary. For more information, go to www.AmeriCares.org

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Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT)’s Response to Japan Tsunami

301-738-7122

Donation Address:

AMURT

2502 Lindley Terrace

Rockville, MD, 20850

United States

http://amurt.us

Update : 03/12/2011 – An AMURT team is travelling with the Japanese Self-Defense Force from Nagano to Sendai in order to do disaster assessment. Based on their findings, it is expected that there will be a mass call for volunteers globally in order to assist in the disaster. Please see www.amurt.net for more updated information.

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703-790-8980

Donation Address:

Baptist World Alliance / Baptist World Aid

405 N. Washington Street

Falls Church, VA, 22046

United States

http://www.bwanet.org

Baptist World Aid, the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance is responding to needs following the Japan earthquake. Hungarian based BWAid’s Rescue 24 has a team of first responders en route to Japan where they will join local Baptists in their relief efforts. The two Hungarian team members will be augmented by team members from the USA and Singapore.

Once the team has arrived in Japan, and linked up with their Japanese colleagues, they will assess needs and requirements with a view to further team members being deployed, and needed supplies being provided.

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Brother’s Brother Foundation’s Response to Japan Tsunami

412-321-3160

Donation Address:

1200 Galveston Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA, 15233

United States

http://brothersbrother.org

Brother’s Brother Foundation in cooperation with the Japan-American Society of Pennsylvania will respond to requested needs of the residents of Japan as related to the earthquake and tsunami.

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1-888-989-8244

Donation Address:

Tzu Chi USA HQ

1100 S Valley Center Ave.

San Dimas, CA, 91773

United States

http://www.us.tzuchi.org/usa/home.nsf/other/donateCharity

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has activated its Disaster Coordination Center in Tokyo, Japan. Right now, Tzu Chi offices in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan sustained minor damaged to the facility but no fatality is reported. These two offices are opened as service centers. The Japanese Tzu Chi is conducting assessments and planning for relief supplies distribution.

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1-877-HELP-CRS

Donation Address:

P.O. Box 17090

Baltimore, MD, 21203-7090

United States

http://crs.org

In Japan, CRS is providing assistance through our sister agency, Caritas Japan. CRS has programs in the Philippines and Indonesia and works with Caritas Oceania that is active in numerous islands in the Pacific that might be affected.

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800-55-CRWRC

Donation Address:

CRWRC

2850 Kalamazoo Avenue SE

Grand Rapids, MI, 49560-0600

United States

http://www.crwrc.org

After a catastrophic earthquake hit east of Honshu, Japan, in the early morning hours of Friday, March 11, CRWRC is making arrangements with Christian partners on the ground to provide funds for immediate, emergency aid to earthquake survivors. CRWRC is launching a response with earthquake and tsunami survivors in affected countries in concert with the ACT Alliance and other partners.

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Church World Service’s Response to Japan Tsunami

1-800-297-1516

Donation Address:

Church World Service

P.O.Box 968

Elkhart, IN, 46515

United States

http://www.churchworldservice.org

In Japan, Church World Service is prepared to support efforts of partners there, including the National Christian Council of Japan and the United Church of Christ of Japan, both of which are planning relief efforts. CWS is considering other partnerships in Japan, as well, and may be involved in the issue of disaster risk reduction. Elsewhere, CWS staff, including staff in Indonesia, are monitoring the situation around the Pacific Rim. CWS’s domestic response team is monitoring the situation in Hawaii and the West Coast.

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805-964-4767

Donation Address:

Direct Relief International

27 S. La Patera Lane

Santa Barbara, CA, 93117

United States

http://www.DirectRelief.org

Direct Relief International has mobilized its emergency response team to offer medical humanitarian assistance to partners around the Pacific Rim in the wake of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

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Giving Children Hope’s Response to Japan Tsunami

714-523-4454

Donation Address:

8332 Commonwealth Ave.

Buena Park, CA, 90621

United States

http://gchope.org

Giving Children Hope is currently contacting partners on the ground to assess damage and immediate needs in affected communities. Once greatest needs are made clear, GCHope will send disaster relief items and other essential goods for distribution.

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1-800-Habitat

Donation Address:

Habitat for Humanity, Int.

270 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1300

Atlanta, GA, 30303-1263

United States

http://habitat.org

Habitat for Humanity will assess the damage caused by the earthquake in Japan and in the countries affected by the tsunami and help as needed.

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800.481.4462

Donation Address:

1919 Santa Monica Blvd Suite 400

Santa Monica, CA, 90404

United States

http://internationalmedicalcorps.org

International Medical Corps is responding to the situation in Japan and tsunami-warning areas. We are putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. While Japan has a large capacity to manage a disaster of this scale, we will respond as needed.

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1-877-REFUGEE (733-8433)

Donation Address:

International Rescue Committee

122 E. 42nd St.

New York, NY, 10168

United States

http://www.rescue.org

The International Rescue Committee is dispatching IRC relief experts from our Thailand program to Japan to see how we can assist Japanese authorities in responding to the earthquake / tsunami disaster. We recognize Japan’s significant emergency response expertise, but will offer direct technical assistance and other emergency support. We are closely monitoring the situation and are on standby to assist other island nations with less emergency capacity should they require help. The IRC has extensive experience responding to natural disasters and has been a lead organization in relief and reconstruction efforts following the Asian tsunami, the Pakistan earthquake and floods, the Myanmar cyclone, Haiti’s earthquake and Hurricane Katrina.

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800.852.2100

Donation Address:

Mercy Corps, Dept. NR

PO Box 2669

Portland, OR, 97208

United States

https://www.mercycorps.org/donate/japan

Mercy Corps is accepting donations to provide emergency assistance to earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan on behalf of our longstanding partner, Peace Winds Japan. Donations will be used to meet immediate and longer-term needs of the survivors.

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800-730-2537

Donation Address:

977 Centerville Turnpike

Virginia Beach, VA, 23463

United States

http://www.operationblessing.org

Operation Blessing and partner IsraAID are currently staging at the OB Philippines office located in Manila and preparing to deploy medical teams, along with gear and supplies, to Japan. OBI is also poised to send medical and humanitarian relief supplies from locations in the U.S. either by ship or aircraft, and possibly deploy additional personnel from the Philippines and other locations into the hard-hit area.

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310.478.1200

Donation Address:

5455 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1280

Los Angeles, CA, 90036

United States

http://www.ri.org

Relief International’s Emergency Response team is on standby alert in the aftermath of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan and the resulting Pacific tsunami; we are prepared to deploy should disaster strike vulnerable countries in its path.

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1-800-728-3843

Donation Address:

54 Wilton Road

Westport, CT, 06880

United States

http://savethechildren.org

Save the Children is mobilizing its global resources to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake and its aftermath, and an international emergency team has been dispatched to assist staff in Japan.

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World Vision, United States’s Response to Japan Tsunami

(800) 777-5777

Donation Address:

World Vision, U.S.Federal Way, WA, 98063

United States

http://www.worldvision.org

World Vision will conduct rapid assessments when staff can access affected areas. Regional and global disaster response teams are on standby to respond if necessary.

Source: interaction.org

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