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How Can You Help?

The NRC is getting questions from people who want to know how they can help the Japanese people affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is encouraging those who wish to help Japanese residents to do so with cash donations to reputable organizations working in the affected areas.

USAID is directing individuals to www.interaction.org for a list of non-governmental NRC staff in HQ Operations Centerorganizations that are responding to humanitarian needs.

In addition, the American Red Cross has established operations to receive donations through text message. Individuals can contribute by texting “redcross” to 90999.”

Eliot Brenner
Public Affairs Director


Photo: NRC staff work in the agency’s HQ Operations Center in the days following the Japanese event.

6 responses to “How Can You Help?

  1. jasonbuddy March 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Now that the 4 nuclear reactors in Japan are in danger, is nuclear meltdown closer to possibility? Now a second Nuclear disaster will happen. Hope that we humans will learn from these mistakes. It is time to stop using this kind of power source before it devastate our one and only planet earth.

  2. Carl Paperiello March 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I think the dose rate value on Page A14 of the Sunday Washington Post is wrong. They give a site dose rate of 1,015 miillisieverts/hour. Based on what I got from the web last night it should be about 1,000 microsieverts. This later value is more consistent with what NEI currently reports as 128 millirem/hour. The Post value is equivalent to 101 Rem/hour.

    • Moderator March 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      We believe there is a lot of inaccurate and misleading information in press reports; however the NRC is not in a position to fact-check these reports. We do encourage folks to consult credible government sources of information in addition to press reports.

      • Anonymous March 14, 2011 at 2:21 am

        I work as an EO at a plant similar to the Japanese plant affected by this incident. Even as a lowly EO, the mainstream media’s report are almost hillarious in their inadecacy. They are incredibly inaccurate and incomplete in my opinion. My thoughts go out to the people of Japan and especially the workers at and people living around the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

  3. Jade Hawks March 13, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Great Job in Japan. My community is organizing a meeting to discuss both local concerns of Fall Out Risks here in the US West Coast and how we can support the Japanese.
    Can you give us information on who is monitoring the US West Coast for dangerous environmental radiation levels and how we may contact that entity?
    We are in a region with NO US atomic energy plants and have no preparedness for nuclear accidents – What agency should we contact to acquire protective equipment and supplies?
    Thank you for the links to humanitarian aid.
    Jade Hawks, Families Unite Network

    • Moderator March 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      See our latest blog post. In short – no, we do not believe the U.S. West Coast (or any part of the U.S.) will receive harmful amounts of radiation from the nuclear power plants in Japan.

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