(PRWEB) March 14, 2011
On 11 March one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history shook the north coast of Japan, resulting in a tsunami that swept as far as 10km inland. The death toll has been estimated at over 10,000, and thousands of buildings were destroyed.
All Hands is responding to this disaster by sending an assessment team. The team is currently in Japan to assess needs on the ground and determine their ability to address those needs.
"We have a strong history of responding immediately after sudden-onset natural disasters," said Marc Young, International Operations Director for All Hands. "We may start response operations right away or we may find that our organization is better-suited to channel resources to those already at work. The best way to really understand the situation is to be there on the ground, and make important decisions from that perspective."
With extensive experience on 15 projects across 7 countries in the past 5 years, All Hands specializes in coordinative services and harnessing the power of volunteers to respond after natural disasters.
"Immediately after the earthquake we contacted our international partners," said Stefanie Chang, Project Director for All Hands. "By sharing situation reports and getting direct updates from those in Japan, we’re ensuring that any response that we launch will be well-coordinated and working in partnership with our peers."
Young and David Campbell, All Hands’ Executive Director, are both on the ground in Japan. They will be joined by Chang and staff member Jess Van Ness on Monday, 16 March. Chang and Van Ness are flying directly from All Hands’ project in Haiti.
Several sources of information are available to keep up to date as the situation unfolds, including Twitter (@AllHands), the All Hands Facebook page, and updates to the All Hands website (hands.org).
All Hands has developed a Japan tsunami donation site in response to this event, available at hands.org/donate/japan-tsunami. All donations will be used to fund assessment and local recovery efforts.
For more information on All Hands’ response to the Japan tsunami, visit hands.org/tags/japan-tsunami.
All Hands responded to the southeast Asian tsunami in Thailand, and is currently working in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
About All Hands Volunteers – All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy. By supporting volunteers with housing, meals, tools, and organized work at no charge we are able to provide free and effective response services to communities in need. Our programs are directed by the needs of each community in which we work, ensuring a timely, relevant, and culturally sensitive response. For more information including a list of past and present projects go to http://www.hands.org.
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