Red Cross Responds to Disasters Across the Globe and Here at Home: Families rely on your support in their darkest hours

No matter where disaster strikes, your support ensures the Red Cross will be there. On March 11, an 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Japan. The earthquake and resulting tsunami devastated Japan’s northeast coast. The American Red Cross has contributed $100 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society, providing relief to those left without homes and basic necessities, because of support from the public. Many Central Ohio residents have donated to the relief efforts, including more than $15,000 that was raised during the NBC4 4’s Army telethon.

 The Japanese Red Cross is highly experienced in disaster relief with two million volunteers. These local volunteers are now distributing relief items, offering hot meals and providing medical transportation. The Red Cross is supporting shelters and has deployed 135 medical teams to provide medical care and counseling.

Here at home, we experienced severe flooding across the state in March. In central Ohio, residents in Marion, Morrow and Galion counties were forced from their homes as a result of rising waters. Your support means people get shelter, food, clothing and comfort immediately after disaster strikes; whether they are around the world or in our backyard.

On behalf of citizens here and around the world who turn to the Red Cross in their time of need, thank you.

Learn more about Red Cross relief efforts in Japan and find out how you can help locally.


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