Japanese Tsunami Earthquake Relief

Tips for How We Can Help

As physicians we are driven to support those in need. However, with any disaster, there are key considerations for the relief team, and the experts in disaster relief at ASA want to make sure we are careful where we donate our time and skills in a disaster situation. ASA’s Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness asks that we keep the following points in mind:

Despite good intentions, showing up on site without the support of a reputable, well-organized relief group can put a medical professional’s life at risk. There is much unrest in a disaster zone, and the potential for harm is great. There are limited basic resources such as food and shelter. You want your work to make a difference.  Please connect any efforts with an established group who can support you throughout the journey.

Help is needed long term. Most disasters are forgotten within weeks, and most of the work essential to helping such a desperate population will be needed for months and years to come. ASA is appreciative of our members’ tremendous philanthropic spirit.  May we all use this time to reflect on all we have, and to support those in need.

For information on  Radiation Exposure and Treatment, visit the Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness (COTEP) webpage.

Please refer to the following sites for situational updates:



Health and Human Services (HHS)

Department of Defense (DoD)

General Disaster Response Resources:

 OGB Resource Center on International Disasters

 Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP) bibliography

For information on donating to organizations responding to this disaster:

Charity Navigator

American Red Cross

Doctors Without Borders

International Medical Corps

Mercy Corps

Project Hope

Save the Children

About ASA: The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient. Since its founding in 1905, the Society's achievements have made it an important voice in American Medicine and the foremost advocate for all patients who require anesthesia or relief from pain.