Japan was the first disaster I made a donation for this year. Somehow New Zealand completely slipped my mind. Perhaps because it wasn’t in the news much.

As usual, I made my donation to the Red Cross’s disaster-specific fund. They will use the funds for the response to the earthquake, except in the rare case where they receive more than they need. If that’s the case, they’ll apply it to the next disaster.

You can text a Red Cross donation to 90999 and the $10 charge will appear on your phone bill. I prefer to give more, so I visited the Red Cross  website.  I had to make an extra click to reach the donation selection page.  You can also donate through their Facebook page, your iTunes account, or on Amazon.

Initially, Doctors without Borders was not involved in the crisis, but they now have people on the ground operating small clinics in the hardest-hit area.  At this time, they’re not taking Japan-specific donations, but you can always donate to this worthy cause in support of their ongoing campaigns for international health crises.

Facebook provides links to several organizations through Network for Good.

It’s easy to think that a wealthy nation like Japan doesn’t need our help, but no nation is fully prepared for a disaster of this scale. These non-profit organizations often provide the short-term food, shelter, and medical needs that local police and rescue personnel can’t supply.

When donating, please give cash rather than goods. It’s much cheaper and more efficient for these organizations to buy their own food, blankets, and other supplies, often from suppliers close to the disaster region. Blankets and food collected here would have to be shipped at great expense and may not arrive in time to serve immediate needs.

On a personal note, anyone who lives in a disaster region should once again take this opportunity to check batteries and restock food, water, and pet supplies. If you have a car, keep a little food and a pair of walking shoes and socks in the trunk. I heard a newscaster say, “You hear about this, but you never expect it to happen.” To that I say, yes, you do if you live in a disaster-prone region.  If you don’t, you should. Be prepared.

Comments

7 Responses to “Donating for the Japan Disaster”

  1. Prasad on March 15th, 2011 3:42 am

    In this time every Country should help Japan.

  2. Auj on April 6th, 2011 8:03 pm

    Japan deserves much help as the rest of the other countries of the world whenever tragic and sad things like this happen. Philippines experienced the same when a great storm called ‘Ondoy’ hit the country a few years ago. Let us all pray together for the recovery of Japan and its people.

  3. Jan on August 14th, 2011 8:55 am

    Actually, just because Japan is the worlds third largest economy does not mean that we should assume that it can take care of itself.
    Three simultaneous disasters of this scale are more than any country can handle alone.

  4. Andrew on August 30th, 2011 1:38 pm

    You mentioned:

    “On a personal note, anyone who lives in a disaster region should once again take this opportunity to check batteries and restock food, water, and pet supplies

    I live in an area that is prone to hurricanes and is on a fault line for earthquakes. Since we haven’t had a hurricane in 20+ years or an earthquake in over 100 years, I have seen complacency and the “it won’t happen here” attitude set in. This is a great reminder and wake up call to all of us.

  5. Aryn on August 31st, 2011 9:57 am

    And as last week’s Eastern earthquake and Northeaster hurricane prove, anywhere is a potential disaster region. Everyone needs to be prepared!

  6. Susanette Marion on October 5th, 2011 7:45 pm

    I was really looking for a blog like this and thanks God I found yours! This post is really great!

    I agree with you Aryn. Everyone really needs to be prepared! Even though Japan is known to be a rich country, they still need the help of the other countries especially now that it has just encountered a very disastrous calamity.

  7. Michael on December 12th, 2011 10:08 pm

    @Andrew

    I agree. I have seen far to many people with their head in the sand when it comes to even being the slightest bit prepared for a small accident little own a major event.

    Everyone should help a country when in need after all we are all neighbors.

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