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
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
– By phone:
– On-line at:
– 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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