Update: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts

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The Salvation Army is responding in Japan and our Golden State Division has put together a resource page of the latest news  and resources available relief efforts in Japan relating to the earthquake and tsunami disaster.

Immediately following the earthquake and tsunami an assessment team was sent from Tokyo to Sendai (the city nearest the center of the earthquake). It took the team 20 hours to travel a journey that usually is accomplished in six hours.

Road and rail systems have been severely affected. There is a shortage of gasoline, with many gas stations closed and lines up to three kilometers long at stations that are open.

The disaster has affected a 2,000 kilometer north-south stretch of Japan. Official reports now state that more than 10,000 people are dead or missing.

You can read the full update here and find out about local response in Santa Cruz County.  Below are some additional resources:

How the public can help: Currently, those interested in aiding the relief effort are encouraged to give financial donations, which offer great flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.

There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s ‘Japan Earthquake / Tsunamis’ disaster relief efforts:

  • TEXT the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation
  • By PHONE: 1-800-SAL-ARMY  — Designate gift for “Japan Earthquake / Tsunamis” (credit card or debit card)
  • ON-LINE at: www.SalvationArmyUSA.org — designate gift for “Japan Earthquake / Tsunamis”
  • By MAIL:  Send your check or money order, marked “Japan Earthquake / Tsunamis” to

The Salvation Army
PO Box 80066,
Prescott, AZ. 86304-8066

At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan. Keep in mind it will be extremely difficult and expensive to ship in-kind donations overseas from the United States to Japan. It is more efficient for disaster relief agencies to purchase needed resources locally and for immediate distribution with the disaster area. The best way for U.S. donors to help Japanese disaster survivors is to make a cash donation.

Please note that The Salvation Army continues to accept donations of used clothing, furniture and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. Please call 1-800-SA-TRUCK | (1-800-728-7825).

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