Locating Family and Friends in Japan

The American Red Cross is offering assistance to the Japanese Red Cross following Fridays magnitude 8.9 earthquake and resulting tsunami that left towns and villages in Japan devastated.

The earthquake triggered fires and caused severe damage to buildings, leaving five million households without electricity and 1 million without water. Early assessments indicate that more than 2,500 houses have collapsed completely, with 2,500 more damaged.

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The best way to contact or locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan is to contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at
1-888-407-4747 or (202) 647-5225.

For inquiries about relatives living in Japan who are not US citizens, encourage the members of your community to keep calling or to try contacting other family members who live in the region. Even though communication networks overloaded right now, the situation may change and access to mobile networks and the internet may improve.

If you have the mobile phone number of your family member in the affected areas, you can use the following services to check whether he/she has registered his/her message(s) on this service. Services are available in English and Japanese.
o DoCoMo - http://dengon.docomo.ne.jp/Einoticelist.cgi?es=0
o Softbank - http://dengon.softbank.ne.jp/pc-e1.jsp
o Willcom - http://dengon.willcom-inc.com/dengon...6AD5F20825.ap1

Please note that when you enter the mobile phone number for search on the webpage, you should remove the country code 0081 and add 0 at the beginning.

The Google Person Finder site is available at: http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en


With evacuations possible or underway in numerous U.S. states and territories, the Red Cross Safe and Well website is a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies like tsunamis. There are several easy ways to register yourself or search for a loved one on the Safe and Well website.

From a computer, visit www.redcross.org and click on the List Yourself or Search Registrants link under How to Get Help.
From a smart phone, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell and click on the List Yourself as Safe and Well or Search for friends and family link.
From any phone, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and one of our operators can help you register.

Source; Red Cross