惨劇 (Sangeki): Tragedy, in Japan and across the Pacific

悲しみ (Kanashimi) : Sadness, sorrow

Words can’t quite capture the heartbreaking events that unfolded today in Japan, as the series of earthquakes and tsunami waves struck the nation. Our hearts go out to all of the people of Japan, and the other survivors of these disasters. We value the extraordinary disaster response capabilities of the Japanese Red Cross, who has 11 response teams – totaling more than 9,900 rescue workers – assessing the damage and supplying crucial first aid to the affected region.

答え (Kotae): Response

The American Red Cross chapters across the Pacific islands and West Coast stand ready to provide assistance to their communities as needed, and supply warehouses continue working closely with state officials. We are also remaining in conversation with the Japanese Red Cross, assessing their needs and seeing how we can help their response. Evacuation shelters are open, with additional locations on standby, in Oregon, Washington and California.

For those looking to re-establish contact with family members and friends in the affected region, the International Committee of the Red Cross, in connection with the Japanese Red Cross, launched a special “Family Links” website. The site works two ways: 1) people in Japan and abroad can register on the website, letting others know that they are safe and providing them with current contact details, or 2) people concerned about someone in the affected area can check the list for information.

一助 (Ichijo): Help

Those who want to help the relief efforts for the Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami can Call, Click or Text donations:

• Call: 1-800-833-0599

• Click: www.pbtcredcross.org

• Text: REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation


Visit the American Red Cross Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast website for more information.

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