10 ways you can help Japan | Earthquake Relief Options

We’ve been watching the news closely over the past week with sadness and anxiety as Japan was shook by a massive earthquake that has been the talk of most news outlets. Our condolences and thoughts go out to those affected and those still wondering about family and friends. Yesterday our friend Peff (author, blogger and Reason guru) dropped some serious knowledge on his site that should hit home to fans of electronic music everywhere – pointing out that many of the pieces of gear in your studio or on your favorite record were created by people in Japan.

“These are your friends who work at Akai who made your MPC; the friends at Korg who made your Kaoss Pad; and the friends at Tascam who assembled your old Portastudio – to name a few. These are also the friends atTechnics, who built your 1200s; friends at Yamaha who made your old DX-7; the friends at Sony who developed your CD Player; and these are the friends at Roland who invented the TR-808 that was sampled so you could download a fat bass drum for your new beat.”

Peff goes on to say “The devastation of the 2011 Tohoku – Pacific Ocean Earthquake and subsequent Tsunami has put a tremendous toll on our friends, their families, and neighbors, and right now they need a favor.” We completely agree and want to urge you to get involved with relief efforts happening around the world. Below are ten things you can do RIGHT NOW to make a difference. Some of them are as simple as a text message – so you have no excuse not to.

1. Red Cross – People in the United States can text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Also, people in Canada can text “REDCROSS” to 30333 to make a donation.

2. International Medical Corps – Text “MED” to 80888 from any mobile phone to give $10. To donate or learn about other ways you can contribute to its medical response visit Internationalmedicalcorps.org.

3. Operation USA – Along with an appeal for monetary donations, Operation USA has also announced efforts to collect bulk corporate donations of health care supplies. If you are interested in donating bulk medical items, visit OpUSA.org.

4. Global Giving – The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund at GlobalGiving.org collects funds that will be given to a variety of relief organizations helping victims of the earthquake. It has already raised over $100,000.

5. Doctors Without Borders – Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is sending 2 three-person teams to the Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in Japan.  To learn more or to make a donation, visit Doctorswithoutborders.

6. The Salvation Army – Text ‘JAPAN’ or ‘QUAKE’ to 80888 to make a $10 donation or visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY – designate gift for “Japan Earthquake/Tsunami”

7. Itunes – Apple has created a simple donation page in iTunes that makes it simple to donate anywhere from $5 to $200 to the Red Cross with just a few clicks.

8. Mercy Corps - is gathering donations for its overseas partner, Peace Winds Japan, which currently has personnel on the ground distributing emergency relief in Japan

9. Save The Children – The organization is currently organizing efforts and donations to its Children’s Emergency Fund will support outreach.

10. Twitter – Twitter published a blog post asking people of the world to help with relief efforts. Here are some key hashtags to remember:

  • #Jishin: focuses around general earthquake information
  • #Anpi: a hashtag for the confirmation of the safety of individuals or places
  • #Hinan: Evacuation information
  • #311care: a hashtag regarding medical information for the victims
  • #PrayforJapan: A general hashtag for support and best wishes for victims of the crisis


  • Sho
  • 3/15/2011

I really thank you and I can see how much you guys thinking and playing for Japan!
I believe maybe music can’t change the world, or maybe it can change.
but, I see music can change people’s mind with my own eyes! I really saw that!

  • Ryan Horton
  • 3/15/2011

Hello! I am a beginner DJ, located in North Carolina. A friend of mine has put together a dance for the relief effort, and this will be my first DJ’ing experience. I plan on using everything I have learned from tutorials such as DJ Shiftee’s “Salsa” series to do an awesome job, thank you for all of your instructionals!

  • Edidiong Edem
  • 3/15/2011

i want to say that the soul; of the departed souls rest in perfact peace. Amen.
i know i dnt have anything for now to give them. but they should hold onto God for relief. with God everything is possible. God will surely see them through., My name Is edidiong godwin edem. from Akaw ibom Nigeria. but i say in Nigeria.
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