Just to update the post from yesterday with more ways that you can donate money to the victims of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami:
1.) Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the donate to the victims in Japan
2.) Donate money directly through the Red Cross
3.) Donate money through Mercy Corps
4.) Attend the Chicago Helps Japan Fundraiser on at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 22 at the Hunt Club downtown
If you know any JET Program participants in Tohoku or other affected areas: CLAIR, the government agency that manages the program in Japan, is maintaining a list of JETs whose safety has been confirmed here: www.jlgc.org. Please send this link along to anyone who you know, and let me know & send CLAIR an e-mail with details if you have had communication with a Tohoku JET whose name is not on the list. The various organs of the Government of Japan are doing all we can to gather information on survivors.
If you are trying to get in touch with a JET participant in that area, please visit CLAIR’s website listed above and follow the instructions on the site. You can also use the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services by calling these numbers: 1-888-407-4747 (domestic) or 202 647-5225 (international). This service works for any U.S. citizen in Japan.
Family Linking Resources (courtesy of the Chicago JETAA website)
The Google Person Finder site is available at: http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en
If you have the mobile phone number of your family member in the affected areas, you may utilize the following services to check whether he/she has registered his/her message(s) on this service. Services are available in English and Japanese.
Please note that when you enter the mobile phone number for search on the webpage, you should remove the country code 0081 and add 0 at the beginning. For example, if you dial the number internationally as follows, 0081-90-8877-6655, enter it into the website as: 09088776655 (enter the number without any dashes).
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working closely with the Japanese Red Cross, has launched a special Family Links website to help people seeking to re-establish contact with family members and friends. People in Japan and abroad can register on the website to inform their family and friends that they are safe and provide their current contact details, while those looking for people can check the list for information. They can also register the names of family members and friends, encouraging them to get in touch. The website is at http://www.icrc.org/familylinks.
While all U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan are currently accounted for and considered safe, any inquiries regarding them can be directed through the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross Safe and Well website has been updated to include the disaster dropdown “Japanese Earthquake.” Military members can register themselves on the site as being safe and well and families of Military members stationed overseas can check to see if their loved ones are registered on the site: www.redcross.org/safeandwell. As U.S. military personnel are currently being deployed to provide relief and resources in the affected areas, if you have loved ones in our armed services in Japan, it is a good idea to stay updated on their status.
Thank you for your help and support.