Tsunami aid and relief: How you can help
A tsunami smashes vehicles and houses Friday in Kesennuma in northern Japan.
March 14th, 2011
08:55 AM ET

Tsunami aid and relief: How you can help

For more information, check out CNN's "Impact Your World" section.

The world is mobilizing to help victims of Friday's 8.9-magnitude earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami on Japan.

The U.S. State Department is urging U.S. citizens to contact friends and family as soon as possible. They can also e-mail the State Department at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov. Those seeking information on security in or travel to Japan can call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444.

Google also is assisting in helping victims touch base with friends and loved ones. Its People Finder, which was tracking almost 153,000 records as of Monday morning, allows users to look for victims or post information about people. It works in five languages.

As myriad nations offer monetary aid, condolences and rescue teams, many people around the world are seeking ways to ease the burden on the Japanese government and people.

The humanitarian group World Vision is rushing personnel into the affected areas and providing food, water, medical supplies and shelter for victims.

It also plans to establish one or more “child-friendly spaces” for kids “affected by disasters to resume normal childhood activities and experience structure and security that are often lost following emergency situations."

Follow World Vision’s blog for updates, and visit its website or text “4japan” to 20222 to send a $10 donation to the group. It will show up on your next mobile phone bill.

The American Red Cross sent a disaster expert from Washington to Japan on Monday and the Japanese Red Cross has dispatched dozens of response teams. If you'd like to donate to the Red Cross efforts, text "redcross" to 90999, and you can make a $10 donation to the organization.

You can also keep up with Red Cross updates by following its Twitter feed and Facebook updates.

The Salvation Army, which has had a presence in Japan since 1895, sent a team to Sendai to assess damages and hopes to provide food, water and other necessities. In Tokyo, the Salvation Army opened its main building to house and feed commuters who were unable to reach their homes.

The aid organization is issuing updates via its blog, its Twitter feed and Facebook page. It also is accepting donations via text message. Those interested in contributing $10 to the group can text "japan" or "quake" to 80888.

AmeriCares, which is also accepting donations, said it is mobilizing resources and sending an emergency response manager to the region.

Save the Children is sending an emergency team to assist its staff in Japan. Donations to the group's Children's Emergency Fund will help preserve the welfare of young ones, who "are always the most vulnerable in a disaster," Eiichi Sadamatsu in central Tokyo said in a statement.

Globalgiving.com, another aid organization that allows donors to select the causes they want to support - including climate change, economic development, human rights and disaster relief - has established a Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. GlobalGiving will disburse funds to organizations providing aid and relief to victims.

Among those organizations are Save the Children and the International Medical Corps. The Corps, which focuses on "health care training and relief and development programs," is coordinating with local authorities and partners to determine the most pressing needs. It also is providing technical expertise and assisting with logistics.

To contribute to the Corps' efforts, visit its website or text "med" to 80888 to send the group a $10 donation.

And don't forget the "other" victims of the temblor and tsunami. The American Humane Association, which has been rescuing animals in disasters since 1916, has set up a relief fund for rescuing animals. Donations help provide shelter and care.

You can keep up with American Humane Association developments on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information, please read CNNMoney's story explaining how donors should watch the crisis unfold before sending contributions. The article also provides tips on what to give, where to give and how to avoid scams.

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  1. Sally

    Out of work and would be avaliable to go there and volunteer. Travelled there many times for business and it holds a special place in my heart. If anyone has any information on how we can go there and volunteer, please advise.

    March 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    I intend to donate to an organization which helps nonhuman animals. In disasters, it is often the nonhuman ones who are neglected. I figure there are many people who will be eager to help other people. And please stop pitting those who care about nonhuman animals against those who care about humans. Believe it or not, it is possible to care about both.

    March 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rhino4362

    If you really want to help these people then send money to the Democrats, they are for the working class and care about people, not like the greedy GOP that will send Hallburton and Koch Industries over there, then they will be more than happy to use tax payers money to rebuild these companies intrest over there that were destroyed, while they probably will get a nice fat insurance check, it pays to be wealthy, the benefits are worth evry life taken.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John


    March 13, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. OC

    people, which one is the best organization to donate at this time? Salvation Army, Red Cross, or GlobalGiving?

    March 13, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob Trike

    CNN should do a fund drive

    March 13, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. courtney

    does anybody know were to donate food and clothing to? any suggestions would be great, or shoe boxes filled with neccesaties? thanks a lot...

    March 13, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bennie

    I am a maschine operator can operate any maschine how can I help?

    March 13, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • brian

      you could spell machine correctly, for starters, other than that, construct a fraudulent printing press for dollhairs and make it prettttttttttttttty legit and then donate it.

      March 13, 2011 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. anonymous

    I know that there are top scientists working on the nuclear reactors & that they probably know this, but I just want to know if they have already inserted the control rods & moderators . I know that they are trying to cool down the reactor using sea water ; but control rods can absorb the neutrons taking part in the nuclear reaction, & hence help stop the meltdown, plus moderators help by slowing down the neutrons.

    March 13, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      Someone please reply.

      March 13, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Obviously if they have executed their contingency plan then they must have exhausted all other common sense/standard options

      March 13, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. anonymous

    You see, in a nuclear reactor , nuclear fission takes place b\w 1 uranium atom & 1 neutron , producing 3 neutrons as byproducts which can react with 3 other uranium atoms producing 9 neutrons & so on. Melt down is when this reaction proceeds uncontrolably. If we can absorb the neutrons using control rods, the reaction can be stopped. I just want to know whether they already did that.

    March 13, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      Somebody reply please. Its just that I'm afraid for all those people whose lives are in danger because of this threat of the nuclear reactor exploding.

      March 13, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Patricia Podd

    God Bless all those helping.

    March 13, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ishwar singh chib

    i m ready to
    to go there and help them out

    March 13, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Allan

    I can be there to help somehow.

    March 13, 2011 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. brian

    yeah if everyone that posted here would stop wasting time writing comments and replies to other morons and just donate we would be a lot better off. jussssst sayin' <.<

    March 13, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gary Stainsby www.ehluk.co.uk

    we would be more than happy to assist in a clean up and sites services re-instatement
    Any governing body which is dealing with assistance we would be happy to assist these unfortunate people.

    March 13, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
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