Mar
13

Emergency Disaster Japan U.S. State Department Advises American Citizens to Avoid Travel to Japan

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ICE In Case of Emergency Can Save Your Life, whether you are in Japan or anywhere else.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of carrying WalletICE TM.  WalletICE TM is a card for your wallet.    It will be so much easier for emergency personnel to treat victims of the Japan disaster if they have a list of the current medications, and medical history is readily  available.  When an emergency strikes as you can see there is sometimes no time to get ready.  You must prepare yourselfs as much as possible for when an emergency or accident may happen.  I urge you to be prepared In Case of Emergency.  Carry WalletICE TM in your wallet.  The life you save in case of emergency may be your own or that of a love one.

Guam – The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the situation in Japan in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake, measuring 8.9 magnitude, that struck northern Japan on March 11.  U.S. citizens should avoid travel to Japan at this time.  This Travel Alert expires on April 1, 2011.
Read the Advisory on U.S. State Department Website
The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan at this time.  Tokyo airports are currently closed; other airports in Japan may be closed or have restricted access.  Public transportation, including trains and subways are closed in the Tokyo area, and service has been interrupted in other areas.  Many roads have been damaged in the Tokyo area and in northern Japan.

Strong aftershocks are likely for weeks following a strong earthquake such as this one.  The American Red Cross recommends that in the event of aftershocks, persons should move to open spaces away from walls, windows, buildings, and other structures that may collapse, and should be alert to the danger of falling debris.  If you are indoors, DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON:  If possible, seek cover under a sturdy desk or table, hold on, and protect your eyes by pressing your face against your arm.  If there is no table or desk nearby, sit on the floor against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you.  Avoid damaged buildings and downed power lines.  Great care should be used with matches, lighters, candles, or any open flame due to the possibility of disrupted gas lines.

U.S. citizens currently in Japan should contact family and friends in the United States to confirm their well-being at the earliest opportunity.  Where internet and telephone services are not available, it may be possible to contact people using SMS (Cell text message) or other forms of social media such as Twitter and Facebook.  U.S. citizens may contact the Department of State at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov

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My heart and prays go out to the folks in Japan.  The Sunami

was bad enough.  I hope for the sake of all Japan can get those nuclear reactors under control.

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