What originally was a bad situation in Japan early Friday morning became a lot worse when a wall of seawater spread inland, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Japan is located on the ring of fire so while they are somewhat prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis, they are not immune and the damages are probably north of $100 billion. Then there is the incalculable human cost of families separated and loved ones lost. The situation is very tragic, and the situation with the nuclear power plants is serious with untold future consequences.
Here are some ways that Canadians can help:
- Donate at the Canadian Red Cross online. They accept payment via credit card and also via PayPal.
- World Vision is also accepting donations specifically for victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
- Doctors Without Borders currently has teams working in the earthquake and tsunami-damaged areas of Japan.
- Text ASIA to 30333, and $5 will be added to your next cellphone bill in support of the Red Cross’ efforts in Japan (American AT&T wireless customers can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10).
- Visit your local bank branch, and inquire about donating toward the Japan effort. Many local branches are accepting donations toward this.
You can find more information on how to help as well as up-to-date information on events at these sites:
The Globe and Mail: Your online guide to helping Japan
I can’t imagine what this situation must be like for people caught in the thick of it. I wish the best for them, and I commend them for their strength in the face of adversity.