Disaster Teams at Work in Japan, More on the Way

Here is the latest news on our disaster relief efforts in Japan:

The Salvation Army in Japan has three emergency service relief teams working in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami. One of the teams is assisting people who have been evacuated from areas threatened by the damage of nuclear power plants.

In our original blog post on the disaster, we mentioned a Salvation Army assessment team was sent from Tokyo to Sendai (the city nearest the center of the earthquake). While this trip usually takes 6 hours, it took the team 20 hours to reach their destination.

Emergency service personnel from The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) in London will also soon head over to Japan to join in the relief effort.

Overall, there is much damage to the country. Road and rail systems have been severely affected. Gasoline supplies are low, 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.

At this time there are no reports of any loss of Salvation Army personnel or damage to our buildings.

Many Salvation Army territories are offering financial and prayer support for our relief effort in Japan. The Salvation Army in South Korea has set aside the next four weeks specifically for prayer and fundraising for Japan.

If you’d like to support The Salvation Army’s Japan relief efforts, you can do so in the following ways:

  • Donate online at donate.salvationarmyusa.org
  • Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. (Please ensure that you respond “YES” to the Thank You message you receive.)
  • 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

Monetary funds offer great flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.

39 Comments on “Disaster Teams at Work in Japan, More on the Way

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  2. Thank you for everything you are doing to help those in need.

  3. Please make a BIG difference and keep us informed with lots of photos and hard-data (numbers) on top of text because i need to process a large mass of info in short amt of time as keep making efforts for the relief. THANKS


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  5. Is it possible to donate by texting from outside America?

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  7. We have just donated $50 and want to be kept informed as to what the specific efforts on the ground are by the Salvation Army. Is the assessment team in Sendai? Are they able to provide food and support for the people there?

  8. Is there any options to donate using debit card?

  9. Are you taking food to these people?
    I see lots of organizations are taking water and that’s good, but is food being taken?

  10. @Lesley – you can donate by debit card the same as by credit card by going online or calling the 1-800-SAL-ARMY number.

  11. Please donate everyone, even small amount can make a big difference.

  12. Please can you give us an update on your work in Japan? Our prayers are with you.

  13. @ M&D
    Right now we are doing our best to get an update on the efforts of The Salvation Army in Japan. Communication has been difficult and information limited due to the damage of infrastructure and downed communications. Emergency service personnel from our International Headquarters in London are making arrangements to go to Japan to assist with relief efforts, so we expect that will help both with the work and communication. Thank you for your concern, and we will get more information up as soon as it becomes available!

  14. I just donated to the World Relief Fund Office in Maryland. As I sit here with tears streaming after reading the latest reports and finding the various ways to donate to the relief efforts I found the Salvation Army’s donation site. I remember a small troubled girl whose Dad sent her to church every Sunday with his best friend and family. I remember the aches and horrors lifted as she was saved at the alter when 9 years old. I remember the sacrifice and warmth she received as a child and throughout her adulthood. I will never forget what the local Salvation Army’s local congregation and the 2 officers and their family gave that young child. Her life and her soul were saved. She grew into a productive woman able to provide love and support to others. I give in the memory of Edna Martin now in God’s Kingdom and her husband Carlton who will someday soon join her. Without their guidance, love and simple sacrifices I may not be alive and well today. Thank You to every Salvation Army contributer, officer and supporter that reads this. I am truly grateful for all you do. My prayers to Japan. May you find God and his love in the smallest of details. God Bless you all.

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  17. Does the full $10 go to the Salvation Army when a text message is used to donate?

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  19. @Martha,
    $10 will go to The Salvation Army and appear on your phone bill. However, you may want to check with your own phone provider to see if they charge any additional fees for texting your donation. Thanks for your support!

  20. I want to know when I do a donation for the Japan earth quake relief effort, how many % goes to your overhead and how many % actually goes to the relief effort?

  21. To Joe: I don’t work for or with the Salvation Army, but I saw a report several months ago with a breakdown of all the international charities supplying relief and help. The Salvation Army has the highest percentage of money going directly to the cause. Rest assured that your dollar will have a greater impact on those in need than through any other organization. That’s why I donate through the Salvation Army during these types of disasters.

  22. Laura – If I mark a donation as being intended for “Japan earthquake relief” will it be used in that manner? Versus going into a general use fund or something…

  23. One other question… I didn’t see a place on the online donation form to specify that my donation is intended for the Japan relief effort. Is there a way to specify that using the online form?

  24. Dan, thanks for your questions. Which form are you using? If you go to http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org, you’ll see a picture and banner that say “Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief.” All donations processed at this site will automatically go to Japan relief. We do, however, have our regular donation page that you may be talking about that you can access through the small red “Donate Now” button at the top right of our national website – when you click on it it goes to “https://secure20…..” This is our general donation page, so yes, you would need to specify your donation is for Japan relief. There is a section named “Details of the Donation” and a field titled “Specific Use” where you can type the information in. I hope this helps. Let me know if I didn’t answer your question. And thanks for your support!

  25. Its very bad when we thing about such disasters, just thinking takes our souls, when such earthquake hits Pakistan, i saw the things which i cant even explain.
    Anyhow, we distributed more than 8000 shelters in the areas, through different national/international NGOs. And thank GOD we have made the effective people live in there own shelters. We always appreciate who takes part in such disasters.
    I am still willing to do something like that for Japan aswell, we can provide every kind of shelters to them on very nominal cost which no profit. Please feel call me or email me anytime, if my help needed. I am always looking forward to help people voluntarily. thanks


  26. i tryed to find site support here but didn’t find so writing here.
    please, tell me how i can donate money from Ukraine to your organization to support solvation army in Japan??? i tryed to send message from my cell phone on 80888 with word Japan but my operator said that this number doesnt use here for my country.

  27. Laura, i have just Maestro euro card. how to donate online? i saw just MasterCard and Visa there

  28. @Anna, you could try donating through PayPal here at The Salvation Army International Headquarter’s donation page, but make sure you specify in the designated area that you want it to go to Japan earthquake/tsunami relief: https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp.
    Otherwise, you could also send your donation through the mail to:
    The Salvation Army World Service Office
    International Relief Fund
    PO Box 630728
    Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

    Hope this helps!

  29. Withink a couple of days of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, I found a link on CNN News, How you can help, Salvation Army in Japan. I made a $300 donation through PayPal.I just received a thank you note in the mail for my donation to help those in my area. Boy am I angry. Make sure that if you donate via text message, mail, online or PayPal that you state specifically who the donation is for.

  30. Thank you Laura for correcting the recipient of my donation to Japan! Kudos to you and Salvation Army!

  31. Hi everyone… This disaster has been so tragic. I would love to donate $10.00, but I don’t think my phone supports donating by text message. Will you accept a $10.00 cash donation? Could I include a brief letter? And also, how can make sure it goes towards the relief effort in Japan?

  32. @ Jeni
    Thanks for wanting to donate. There are several other ways to do so besides through your phone. All of these ways are listed at the bottom of the blog post, but it sounds like sending in a donation through the mail would work best for you. Whether it’s in a letter with the donation or on the check, please designate it to “japan disaster relief” and send it to:

    The Salvation Army World Service Office
    International Relief Fund
    PO Box 630728
    Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

    Online donations made through the link in the blog post are also automatically designated to Japan relief. Hope this answers your question!

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