If any of you follow my main tumblr, you’ve seen all of the disaster relief and info posts already, and know about (and are probaby tired of hearing about) my personal connection to Japan.
For those of you not in that loop, the rundown:my sweetheart and her family and everyone I know there are safe; they’re down South in Kansai/Osaka area away from the chaos. A friend has relatives in Sendai, been really worried til the good news came that they’re okay. Spamming tumblr, twitter and FB with relief resources is all I can do right now.
See, after three visits in as many years, I’m currently a JET Program candidate-in-waiting with ESL teacher status ready to go, and if that doesn’t pan out, I’m heading over there to get on with it anyway. Japan is still set to be my new home, and a 9.0 quake isn’t going to be the dealbreaker, so this is really important to me.
Given the ridiculous amount of seismic activity over the last few days, I’m still on alert and hoping nothing happens south of Tokyo, and my nerves are starting to fray a bit:Been stuck in full-on NHK/TBS/AlJazeera/CBC/Twitter news-loop since Thursday (Masa and I were on Skype when it happened!), watched Sendai city get wiped off the map live…today (Sunday), I’m trying to get back to work.
Anyways, relief links, I’m dump-posting them here. Please repost.
EDIT: I asked re-post, not “like”
Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami- Canadian Red Cross
Canadians wishing to help support relief efforts underway are encouraged to contribute by:
- Donating online
- Calling 1-800-418-1111
- By texting the word ASIA to 30333 to make a one-time donation of $5*
- By contacting their local Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2
Apple now taking Red Cross donations through iTunes for Japan relief fund | 9 to 5 Mac
Earthquake Relief Fund
12k is donating all profits from our online shop for the month of March to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund set up by New York’s Japan Society.
Great music for a good cause. You can’t go wrong.
Help Japan: How to help
AMERICAN RED CROSS: Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help. Donate here.
GLOBALGIVING: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donate here.
SAVE THE CHILDREN: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.
SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate here.
AMERICARES: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. Donate here.
CONVOY OF HOPE: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate here.
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS: 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. Donate here.
SHELTER BOX: The first team is mobilizing to head to Japan and begin the response effort. Donate here
Donate | Doctors Without Borders
Help Japan: Facebook Click Helps Dogs Rescue Trapped Quake Victims
I’m cynical about armchair slacktivism, but every little bit helps…
Just checked on FB and they’re at 50,000+ right now.
“Explore.org founder Charlie Annenberg Weingarten, who’s also Director of the Annenberg Foundation, challenged the interactive community from the floor of the SXSW convention center, saying Explore.org will donate up to $100,000 to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. Its dog rescue team is on its way to Japan to help with earthquake search and rescue operations.
“Search and rescue dogs are a critical resource for emergency situations” says Weingarten. “There are many bootstrapped start-ups down here in Austin and plenty of people across America who want to help Japan in some way but don’t have the resources; we’re giving those people a chance to support with a simple social action”
Here’s where you come in: For every “Like” of the “Dog Bless You” Facebook page (#dogblessyou, #dogs4japan), Explore will donate a dollar up to $100,000. Get this: If the page gets 100,000 Likes by Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m. EST, that dollar figure doubles, and Explore will donate $200,000.”
Pass it on!