News reports from Japan continue to update the world on the devastation caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011. Our UMKC community joins others in offering our sympathy to the families of those who died and our hope to the hundreds of individuals displaced, distressed, and traumatized by this disaster.
During the recovery process, each of us can help the many people of Japan who have been affected by these events. Numerous organizations, including those located here in Kansas City, are accepting money to provide temporary shelter, clean water, food and much needed medical supplies: UNICEF, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army , Doctors Without Borders, and Heart to Heart International. I urge you to find a reliable agency and to make a contribution.
For our own UMKC family who may need assistance, the UMKC’s Counseling Center welcomes UMKC students, staff, and faculty who have been affected by this catastrophe, or who need extra support. Please call 816-235-1635, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those with speech or hearing impairments may call Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966 (TTY) or 800-735-2466 (voice). You also may visit the Counseling Center offices located at 4825 Troost, Suite 206. Due to construction and street closings, please check the Counseling Center web site for the best routes to the building.
Disasters are not selective, and they can occur across the world or in our own backyard. Recently, we have seen devastation strike in both Haiti and New Zealand. It is at times such as these that we come to realize just how much the world has become one global and inter-connected community and the power that each of us has to support one another.