American Montessori Society Extends Condolences to Those Affected by Tsunami
Contact: Marcy K. Krever, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: 212-358-1250 x323
American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163
The American Montessori Society extends profound condolences to the people of Asia who have lost loved ones in the devastating tsunami that hit the coast of Japan following the record 8.9-magnitude earthquake on Friday, March 11. Our hearts and minds are with all those who are now dealing with the aftermath.
The earthquake has triggered tsunami warnings for countries and territories all around the Pacific Ocean. We urge everyone to take these warnings extremely seriously.
The U.S. Department of State has a Web page with general information about the tsunami. For messages about a specific country, you can visit that country’s U.S. Embassy or Consulate Web site. A listing of embassies and consulates can be found at www.usembassy.gov.
Those seeking information about friends and families in Japan can e-mail the State Department at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov. By phone, the State Department can be reached at 1-888-407-4747 (toll free) or 1-202-501-4444.
Google also is assisting in helping victims touch base with friends and loved ones. Its Person Finder allows users to look for victims or post information about people. It works in 5 languages.
Other real-time updates about resources related to the disaster can be found on the Google Crisis Response Web page.
An article explaining how donors should watch the crisis unfold before sending contributions can be found on CNNMoney.com. The article also provides tips on what to give, where to give, and how to avoid scams.
Explanatory information about tsunamis is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Again, we express our sincerest sympathies to all those who have been affected, both directly and indirectly, by this disaster.