Released 14 March 2011
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Japanese Salvation Army Emergency Relief Teams Swing into Action
Japan - The Salvation Army in Japan has three emergency service relief teams operating in areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the north-east coast of the country last week. One of the teams is assisting people who have been evacuated from areas where there is potential danger because of damage to nuclear power generation stations.
At this time there are no reports of any loss of Salvation Army personnel or damage to corps buildings.
Immediately following the earthquake and tsunami an assessment team was sent from Tokyo to Sendai (the city nearest the center of the earthquake). It took the team 20 hours to travel a journey that usually is accomplished in six hours.
Road and rail systems have been severely affected. There is a shortage of gasoline, with many gas stations closed and lines up to three kilometers long at stations that are open.
The disaster has affected a 2,000 kilometer north-south stretch of Japan. Official reports now state that more than 10,000 people are dead or missing.
Arrangements are being made for emergency service personnel from The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) to go to Japan to assist with the Army's relief effort.
A number of Salvation Army territories have informed IHQ of financial and prayer support for the Army's relief effort in Japan. The Salvation Army in South Korea has set aside the next four weeks specifically for prayer and fundraising for Japan.
There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army's disaster relief efforts in Japan:
- Text the words "Japan" or "Quake" to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
- By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
- On-line at: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
By mail: Send your check, marked "Japan earthquake relief" to
The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728
Author: International News
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