Japan Focus: How You Can Help
15 March 2011
Dear WTCAK Members and Friends of the Center:
Like you, we have watched with horror and anguish the coverage of last Friday's 9.0 earthquake and the resulting tsunami that hit Japan. The loss of life and property damage is just staggering. On top of this has been the damage to the nuclear reactors at Fukushima which continue to pose grave danger should the situation not be stablalized.
As a consequence of the earthquake and tsunami, thousands of people are without power and in need of food, water, shelter and medical attention.
Ties between Alaska and Japan are long-standing and strong. Not only are there important commercial ties--Japan's is Alaska's number one trading partner--there are also significant cultural relationships as well. In the commercial sphere, where our worked is focused, the Japanese are very much involved as customers and investors in a variety of Alaskan industries including, seafood, mining, energy, and forest products. Japan is an important market, too, for winter tourism to Alaska.
In Japan's hour of need, I hope that you will consider providing support to the organizations that are involved with the all-important relief efforts on the ground in the impacted areas. In response to calls we have received from members asking how they can help, below please find links to a wide variety of organizations that are involved with the relief efforts:
American Red Cross
List of Organizations that are accepting donation referred to on the web site of USAID
Additionally, if you are seeking to get in contact with relatives, friends, or business associates in Japan, both AT&T and Verizon have announced that phone calls and text messages to Japan will be free until end of March.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and we hope you will consider a donation to assist with the rescues and recovery.