With help from donations made to the American Red Cross following the tragic earthquake and tsunami, Japan is firmly on the path to recovery a year later.
“The huge outpouring of support from individuals and businesses across the Puget Sound has been critical in helping Japan recover,” said Randy Hutson, regional CEO for the American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters. “Whether it’s offering emotional support to someone struggling with trauma, building much needed healthcare facilities, or providing appliances to a family moving into a temporary home, donations to the American Red Cross are helping the Japanese people look to the future.”
Donations to the American Red Cross have helped the Japanese Red Cross:
· Provide more than 316,000 survivors with necessary appliances for their temporary housing, including refrigerators, washing machines and rice cookers.
· Support construction of four temporary hospitals, one permanent hospital and a community health clinic.
· Rebuild a Red Cross nursing school that will train specialists in disaster medical care
· Provide more than 87,000 people with health services through Japanese Red Cross mobile teams and temporary clinics.
· Comfort 14,000 people by counselors trained to deal with disaster-related trauma.
· Provide transportation and vaccinations for the elderly and educational support, temporary school gyms and play areas for children.
· Improve the disaster response capacity of the Japanese Red, so critical to saving lives.
Locally, the Red Cross helped military families who came through Sea-Tac Airport after voluntarily evacuating Japan in the days and weeks following the disaster. More than 7,000 snacks and meals and 500 comfort kits were distributed along with calling cards, teddy bears and other emergency items to help families transition back to the United States.
"Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has generously donated funds through the American Red Cross and national societies in many other countries,” said Tadateru Konoe, president of the Japanese Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross. “Through your support we have been able to help survivors regain their resilience and also increase our preparedness to face up to potential future disasters."
The American Red was one of the largest private, international contributors to the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami response, raising more than $312 million. One year later, virtually all of the funds have been spent. Because of these donations, the Japanese Red Cross was able to bring emergency comfort to those living in shelters and later able to provide the supplies and services needed to help them get back on their feet.
More information on the Red Cross relief and recovery efforts in Japan can be found in our one-year report.
The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. For more information, visit www.seattleredcross.org, www.rainier-redcross.org or www.redcrosswashington.org.