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West Virginians Can Help With Recovery in Japan

​March 14, 2011

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) are offering guidance to individuals and organizations in our state who wish to contribute to the recovery efforts in Japan.

“When our neighbors are in need, whether near or far, West Virginians are among the first to offer a helping hand,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Based on all that I have read and seen, the extent of the devastation in Japan is enormous and I encourage all West Virginians to continue our tradition of reaching out and offering help because we know people are suffering. We can make a difference.”

News reports estimate that more than 10,000 people lost their lives and millions more have been affected by the magnitude of the earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that struck last week. Since then, people from around the globe have offered to help, but many don’t know the best way to assist.

“West Virginia is no stranger to the many hardships caused by natural disasters,” said Jimmy Gianato, Director of DHSEM. “We’ve also seen how resilient people can be when they come together and support one another, so I am confident that West Virginians stand ready to help this country in need.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is directing people to www.interaction.org, a site dedicated to providing accurate information about global disaster assistance. This is the best resource for details about how to become involved or volunteer, but the main message is always that monetary donations are best.

If you wish to provide assistance to the victims in Japan, please visit www.interaction.org or contact the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at 304-558-5380 for more details.

Contact: Heather Miles, 304-558-5380