Resources for Japan's earthquake & tsunami; tools for for explaining disasters to kids
Our hearts go out to the folks in Japan. You may have employees who are concerned about relatives or friends who are living, studying, or traveling in Japan. We've put together some resources that you might share with your work force.
Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Resources
Google Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake - available in English & other languages
Restoring Family Links - maintained by the International Red Cross in cooperation with the Japanese Red Cross and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Google Crisis Response - 2011 Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami - News, media, maps, and other resources from Google.
Ambassador John V. Roos Twitter feed - U.S. Ambassador to Japan has been posting updates.
Japan earthquake live report - Local news and emergency information for those in Japan
Some perspective on the Japanese earthquake - a no-nonsense primer on geography, what happened, and the aftermath.
Interactive before and after photos - Move the slider to compare satellite images, taken by GeoEye, from before and after the disaster.
How you can help
Tips for Giving to Earthquake Relief Efforts in Japan - follow these tips to avoid the scams that inevitably crop up after a disaster
Red Cross - Responding to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
Talking with kids about disasters
Even if you don't know anyone in Japan, there may be someone right in your own home who is having trouble coping with this disaster: your kids.
Graphic and dramatic images repeated on the news or talked about at school can be upsetting to adults, but even more so to kids who may not have the life experience to put things in perspective. This can lead to anxiety or fear about many of the things being discussed: natural disasters, radiation leaks, disruption, loss, and death. We've put together a few resources for parents and teachers to help discuss these things with kids.