The 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: How to Support Disaster Relief Efforts

Since the earthquake in Japan last Friday, survivors are endlessly wandering the ruined streets of cities where they once lived. Those who ignored the warnings died instantly, with many bodies lying besides the road. More than 5,000 people are confirmed dead and almost half a million have been displaced.

Evacuees suffer because of short supplies of the most necessary items: food, fuel, clothes and a safe place to stay. This is what they need most after struggling for over a week after the two natural disasters hit their country.

Meanwhile, international organizations are helping Japan mobilize a massive relief effort. The natural question on everyone’s mind is “How can I help?” Here is a list of seven organization for those interested in aiding the relief effort.

Sailors move cases of sports drinks and water in preparation to support disaster relief efforts.

The American Red Cross Society continues to assist the government, and you can donate here for the residents of Japan. You can also make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Every donation supports relief efforts.

U.S. Navy delivering supplies.

As one of those organizations that respond immediately to the most urgent needs, World Vision is committed to helping survivors rebuild their lives. You can donate here.


A naval air crewman provides fuel to a Japanese man for his kerosene heater.

With the threat of radiation and bad weather hampering deliveries, supplies are running short for those left behind. For now, three Salvation Army emergency service teams have been dispatched from Tokyo to assist affected communities. You can donate here.


Japanese citizens move food and water out of a helicopter.

Many Japanese cities fear a nuclear threat. AmeriCares ensure humanitarian aid to the people who need it most. Donations will make a difference in the lives of Japanese citizens.

Cleanup work at the Misawa Fishing Port.

The Shelter Box USA, Inc. focuses on providing victims of disaster with shelter. The first shelter boxes have already arrived in Japan and will be followed by many more. Those who want to join the mission can donate here for the victims.


Sailors help the local Misawa population in relief efforts.

As the residents of Japan continue to struggle more than a week after two natural disasters caused large-scale damage, the organization continues to work for the welfare of children and their families in this disaster. You can donate here.

USS Blue Ridge Sailors move humanitarian relief supplies.

Medical Teams International is staying closely in touch with its nine partners and working with its church partners to help survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. You can donate here.




Sailors and Japanese citizens unload food and water from a helicopter.

As survivors search for their loved ones, it is clear that the country was not prepared for a disaster of this magnitude. Thousands of people have now evacuated the zone around the quake and tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan. Texting is the only communication they have for now.

We can’t ignore the fact that Japan has often helped and donated for other countries when they experienced disasters. Now it is our duty to work for the welfare of its people too. If you know of any other charity program for this disaster, please do not forget to list it in the comment box. Every little effort counts.