Humanitarian Response News

USICD in Solidarity with Japanese Disability Community

USICD members, staff, and board have joined people around the world in watching events in Japan after a severe 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the eastern-north part of their country on March 11, 2011.  A subsequent massive tsunami has caused even further damage, including damage to nuclear reactors in Japan.  USICD wishes to extend its sympathy and support to the people of Japan during this difficult time. 

USICD staff member Andrea Shettle is monitoring the situation in Japan to assist in sharing information about the impact of the recent disaster, particularly for people with disabilities in Japan.

Scroll down to read news updates, letters, and resources on the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

This page will be regularly update with news and resources for the international community to support Japanese DPOs as relief efforts are ongoing.

Please Visit InterAction's page on the Japan Tsunami Response to find out more about supporting the international relief effort.

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