Riverside Reaches Out to Sendai; George Takei sends Sympathy

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The magnitude 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan have special significance to Riverside, whose sister city is Sendai.

Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge said, “Riverside sends its prayers and thoughts to Japan and especially to its sister city Sendai. This beautiful city and its people have been our partners for over 50 years. The City of Riverside stands ready to provide any assistance requested by the federal agencies coordinating the earthquake relief and support efforts.”

If you wish to help, the American Red Cross is accepting donations. You may donate via the Internet at www.riversidecounty.redcross.org or you may call 1-800-RED CROSS.

If you wish to locate family or friends, visit https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

Family in Japan requiring assistance should contact the Department of State at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov or by phone 03-3224-5000 or 03-3505-1862 (fax).

Note: telecommunications are impacted in Japan and may not be fully functioning.

Meanwhile actor George Takei posted the following statement on his website on Friday:

“I extend to the people of Japan and especially to those of the Tohoku region my heartfelt sympathy and condolences in the aftermath of the devastation from the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami. The pictures we see on our television news reports are unbelievable — horrific. At times like this, we are united in our effort to bring relief to those people suffering in the wreckage of the horrors of nature. Please stay strong. Today, we are all Japanese.”
And Akemi Kikumura Yano, president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, issued the following statement on Saturday:

“On behalf of the Boards of Trustees and Governors, staff, and volunteers of the Japanese American National Museum, I wanted to convey our concerns and sympathies over the unprecedented devastation occurring in Japan due to the earthquakes and tsunami. We all have friends and families in Japan and our greatest hope is that they are safe and unharmed.

“For those who wish to help in this time of need, we suggest supporting organizations that have historically provided direct aid in response to natural disasters. Among these are the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. I have listed links to both organizations below, but you may choose another worthy cause as well.

“As we all continue to watch as events unfold in Japan, we should all remember that our ability to work together gives us our greatest strength during times of duress.”