City News Service
The Japan America Society of Southern California, working with other Japanese and Japanese American organizations in the region, on Friday established a relief fund to aid victims of the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan.
Checks made out to the “2011 Japan Earthquake Relief Fund” can be sent to the Japan America Society of Southern California, 345 S. Figueroa St., Suite M-1, Los Angeles, CA 90071-1004.
Secure, online credit card donations can also be made at www.jas-socal.org.
“We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of life caused by the series of powerful earthquakes and the tsunami that struck northeast Japan,” said Douglas Erber, president of the Japan America Society of Southern California.
The American Red Cross was also accepting donations for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. To donate online, visit www.redcrossla.org. People can also make a $10 donation to the fund via their cell phone, by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
Meantime, Google set up a crisis response site — www.google.co.jp/intl/en/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html — to help those trying to locate someone in the island nation.
The International Medical Corps, a Los Angeles-based relief agency, also mobilized today in response to the magnitude-8.9 earthquake and resulting tsunami.
“We are 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,” said Nancy Aossey, president and CEO of the IMC.
“While Japan has a large capacity to manage a disaster of this scale, we will respond as needed” she said.
IMC has responded to emergencies in more than 50 countries, including the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami, 2005 Pakistan earthquake, 2010 Haiti quake and Pakistan floods.