How to Help Japan: Earthquake Relief Options


In the wake of a disaster, World Vision is often one of the first organizations to begin relief work by distributing pre-positioned emergency supplies and sending highly-trained staff to assess and respond to the most urgent needs. They remain on the ground for the long haul, rebuilding communities and restoring hope.

"We are now facing the most tragic disaster in our country's history," said Kenjiro Ban, World VIsion's humanitarian and emergency affairs manager in Japan. Ban was part of World Vision's quake response in Haiti this past year. As a child-focused organization, World Vision will also focus efforts on responding to the emotional needs of children.


In response to the quake, The Red Cross has already launched efforts in Japan. or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.

The American Red Cross today announced an initial contribution of $10 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist in its ongoing efforts to provide medical care and relief assistance to the people of Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

In addition to financial assistance, a disaster management expert from the American Red Cross arrived in Japan Monday for a week-long mission. She is serving on a seven-person, international team focused on providing high-level support and advice to the Japanese Red Cross, which continues to support the Japanese government’s earthquake and tsunami response.


Mercy Corps is working to help survivors of Japan's earthquake and tsunami with their longstanding partner, Peace Winds. Peace Winds helicoptered emergency supplies on Monday -- including tents, blankets, cooking fuel, tarps, rice and bread -- to families evacuated from homes in the tsunami-devastated city of Kesennuma.


Habitat for Humanity will assess the damage caused by the earthquake in Japan to help as needed. To respond effectively, we need your help. Please make a donation to help Habitat serve families affected by this disaster.


The Salvation Army in Japan immediately dispersed teams following the disaster to the most severely affected areas where they are distributing basic necessities to survivors. These teams will also assess the damage to discern the next steps in their relief efforts.

The Salvation Army has been at work in Japan since 1895, operating more than 80 centers there, including two hospitals and four children's homes. They have nearly 200 officers, 3,000 members and nearly 1,000 employees already at work in the country. They are a part of Japan's communities and dedicated to their recovery.