Japan / Earthquake and tsunami-3

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) is scaling up its response to meet the needs of the affected population as well as assessing the situation at both national headquarters and branch level in the affected prefectures, to plan for the next phases of the humanitarian operation.

Currently, 43 emergency relief teams composed of doctors, nurses, supported by non-medical professionals are on the ground providing the first aid, medical care, and psychological care to the affected populations, continuing to assess the further needs. Since the disaster, a total of 230 emergency relief teams have been deployed to the affected prefectures with more than 1,600 staff members of JRCS.

The Medical teams and Red Cross hospitals in affected areas are treating patients who have survived the disaster. Establishment of field clinics is being planned, as well as mobile clinic services for remote locations.

JRCS is deeply concerned about the psychological well-being of the affected populations. It is one of the urgent needs to alleviate the suffering and the stress of victims, particularly those who are living in the temporary evacuation centers can accumulate the further fatigue and psychological stress under the current difficult living conditions.

A total of 122,530 blankets and 20,760 emergency kits (composed of portable radio, flashlight, wrapping cloth, booklet on emergency health care, etc) have already been distributed.

In order to reinforce and mobilize the network of volunteers, volunteer centers have been established at the head quarter of JRCS, and 4 branches in the affected prefectures.

A Family Links web site has been opened in cooperation with ICRC (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish). As of 19 Mar 2011, 5,103 people have been registered.:

JRCS President Tadateru Konoe, a JRCS staff member and an International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cross Societies (IFRC) communications delegate visited the worst affected areas on 13 March 2011. A High level liaison/support team comprised of 6 Red Cross national societies and IFRC has also visited the affected areas to assess the needs and recommend possible actions by the Red Cross Red Crescent movement.

JRCS has mobilized its staff and resources nation-wide and domestic donations are being received to assist affected communities. While no international appeal has been launched at the moment, the JRCS is receiving cash contributions from some Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies in the spirit of solidarity.

JRCS in-country capacity:
47 branches, each with relief item stocks, 92 Red Cross hospitals, 66 Blood centers; 26 nursing colleges, 60,000 permanent staff (50,000 working for Red Cross hospitals), 495 deployable medical teams; 2 million registered volunteers.

JRCS continues to assess the situation and relief operations, striving to alleviate the suffering of the affected populations.