March 12, 2011
Those of us on the staff have many friends and some family members living in Japan. Fortunately, we have been able to contact most of them and everyone is safe thus far. We were particularly happy to hear that our special events manager and finance specialist Naoko Magasis’s mother, who is older and lives alone, was unhurt and is doing well.
All of us very much appreciate the messages of concern we’ve been receiving from Densho’s supporters. Many of you have asked if there are ways that you can provide assistance to those who have been affected. While Japan has a large, well-organized emergency management system, there are several disaster relief NGOs who will be providing important support to the overall efforts. Densho has joined with other Seattle-area non-profits to mobilize funds for these NGOs:
We also ask those of you who live in Washington State or other areas along the west coast of the Americas to take this opportunity to prepare for seismic events like this one. You can start by visiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website Ready.gov, or your local emergency preparedness authority.
(Photo courtesy of TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)