Japan’s massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami have claimed countless lives and forced millions to manage without food, water, or heat in near-freezing temperatures. Hundreds of aftershocks have hit the country, followed by more tsunamis. Now the Japanese face the added threat of radiation exposure from the severely damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.
Though we may be on the other side of the world, most of us still feel the effects of this tragedy. Whether you’ve been directly or indirectly affected, here are a few useful resources for coping with the stress.
- For those with family or friends in Japan, ICRC Family Links Network and Google’s Person Finder can help locate missing loved ones.
- For parents with children who have heightened feelings of concern and fear around the events, FEMA offers tips on Helping Children Cope with Disaster.
- Even if you’re not directly affected by the disaster, it’s not uncommon to experience stress and anxiety, and HealthCentral offers these suggestions for taking care of yourself.
According to the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI), if you’d like to help the rescue and relief efforts, it’s better to donate rather than volunteer. Consider having a bake sale or yard sale to collect donations, and if you have children, plan something they can participate in as well. Before you donate, check with your employer to see if they have a matching gift program, which can multiply the impact of your dollars.
Below is a partial list of reputable organizations that are helping the relief effort in the wake of the Japan earthquake.
Save the Children: Emergency Relief for Japan Quake
Toll free: 800-728-3843
Text JAPAN or 20222 to donate
The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief
To help Japan, text REDCROSS or 90999 to make $10 donation
Toll free: 800-SAL-ARMY
Text QUAKE or 80888 to donate $10
International Medical Corps
Text MED or 80888 to donate $10
Text JAPAN or 50555 to donate $10
Toll free: 888-56-CHILD
Text 4JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10