Like most of the world, my thoughts are with the people of Japan. My heartfelt condolences go out to those who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Hawaii’s familial and cultural ties to Japan are deep, and we mourn the loss of life and the hardships people are facing. I know that Hawaii and the United States stand ready to help in any way.
Thanks to all of Hawaii’s first responders for taking appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors.
For those of you who have loved ones in Japan and are trying to get in contact with them, here is a list of resources to help you.
Information from the State Department:
If you have concerns about a specific U.S. citizen in Japan, you can send an email to: JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov
Phone Numbers to call for information:
• 1-888-407-4747 (U.S. and Canada)
• 1-202-501-4444 (outside U.S.)
Information from the Red Cross:
If you do not have access to a computer, you can call 1-800-733-2767 and speak to Red Cross operator who will help conduct a search or enter a caller’s name into the Safe and Well Registry.
Google’s Person Finder Tool:
In response to the earthquake, Google launched a person finder tool. The tool is available in both English and Japanese to help victims and families locate each other. People can state that they are looking for someone or share information they have about someone.
I hope these links are helpful. Please contact my Hawaii office at 808-541-1986, or my Washington DC office at 202-225-4906, if you need further assistance.
Mazie K. Hirono
Member of Congress
2nd District of Hawaii
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