I wanted to take a time out on here and blog about the disaster in the Pacific that occurred yesterday. (late last night my time. I got a text from my aunt around 3:30am EST) Japan is in dire need. I want to let everyone know what they can do to help, and what you need to be aware of:
You may feel the need to donate to Emergency Aid. I'm not trying to discourage that, but please be aware of who you're donating to. Watch out for Internet and telemarketer scams. (Yes, sadly, they are already on the prowl) Don't donate to any incoming call asking for a donation. You be in control. The best bet to is donate to an organization that is familiar. I donate to The Red Cross.
You can follow other reputable organizations at this link:
Also, if you can, please send your well wishes and prayers to all. As you may know, my Aunt lives in Honolulu. Hawaii is under a tsunami warning, and residents have been sent to higher ground and shelters. Naturally, everyone here is a little on edge about Auntie, but she texted me to say she is safe for now. Her apartment has not been affected, but friends that live in low lying areas are staying with her. As of now, there is no major damage yet. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110311/ap_on_re_us/us_japan_earthquake_pacific_24
The west coast of the mainland US is affected as well.
To Japan and all of those of those affected by this tragedy, I send you my love. Stay safe and be well.