International Rescue Committee (IRC)

IRC on tsunami standby

The International Rescue Committee's Emergency Response Team is on standby alert should its assistance be needed in the aftermath of Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan and the resulting Pacific tsunami. 

Gillian Dunn, the IRC's director of Emergency Response, said, "Once we know more, including what the Japanese government requests from the international community, we'll be able to better assess a possible response. Japan is well equipped as a responder, and this may be an instance where aid organizations are not asked to respond in large numbers. We'll also have to see what tsunami damage might occur in other countries, including small Pacific islands."