Earthquake and Tsunami in JapanHow You Can Help
Cash is Best
When disasters happen abroad, the best and most effective way for Americans to help is to givecash. By learning how to give responsibly, and by making sure that others understand theimportance of cash donations as well, you can have a real and lasting impact on the lives of international disaster victims.Unlike in-kind donations, cash donations can be used immediately to buy the exact items neededon the ground. Cash donations don't require the collection, shipping and storage costs andsupport that slow down and limit the value of in-kind donations. Cash donations are alwaysculturally appropriate, unlike the in-kind donation alternative.
USAID Responds to the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
Click here for the latest information on USAID's response.A US rescue team sniffer dog from Virginia searches the wreckage of a house for victims duringrescue operations in the devastated city of Ofunato, Iwate prefecture on March 15, 2011 as thecountry struggles to cope following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Photo credit:Toshifumi Kitamura / AFPOne person's informed donation decision can make a big difference for many victims. The singleAmerican dollar often goes much further abroad, particularly in disaster-stricken areas, so