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Three Ways to Help Nepal Earthquake Relief Through the Red Cross

The global Red Cross network, led by the Nepal Red Cross, has mounted an international relief effort to provide emergency humanitarian assistance following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal.

How Can I Help?

If you’re wondering how to help Nepal earthquake victims, you have three easy options:

1. Donate online to Nepal earthquake relief on redcross.org.

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2. Visit your iTunes store to find a donation link.

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3. Spread the word on relief efforts and ways to help online. Find and share information on social channels, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Twitter account and our very own Facebook and Twitter posts.

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UPDATE: To help with critical mapping efforts, visit http://tasks.hotosm.org. No experience is needed, just a computer and internet connection.

What We’ve Done So Far

  • Funds: The American Red Cross is committing an initial million dollars to the response operation and working closely with the Nepal Red Cross and the global Red Cross network to coordinate additional support.
  • Management Support and Relief Items: The American Red Cross is also providing remote mapping and information management support and is arranging for supplies from its warehouses in Kuala Lumpar and Dubai to be sent to Nepal, including non-food items such as tarps, buckets, kitchen sets and blankets, although logistical transport remains a challenge.
  • People and Skills: Additionally, eight American Red Cross disaster specialists are on their way to Nepal to support emergency relief, cash transfer programing, information management, recovery planning and IT/telecoms.

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Keep an eye on redcross.org and our social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to see the latest updates.

This post has been updated to reflect current response numbers and information.

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  1. Grateful to see aid flowing into Nepal, but so much need still to be met. I just departed Kathmandu the Monday before the earthquake. My friends are asking for the best way to contact family members in villages near epicenter with no external communications now. Any suggestions?

  2. Hi,
    The Nepal Red Cross Society and the International Committee of the Red Cross are presently responding to the restoring family links needs in the areas affected by the earthquake in Nepal. To learn more, visit http://familylinks.icrc.org/nepal-earthquake/en/Pages/Home.aspx.

    U.S. citizens in Nepal who need assistance can contact the U.S. Embassy by e-mail at ConsKTM@state.gov or by phone at +977 423 4100. The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu is located in the Maharajgunj neighborhood of Kathmandu.

    If the inquirer is a friend or family member who is not in Nepal, they can notify the State Department by visiting https://tfa.state.gov/ccd, selecting “2015 Nepal Earthquake”. They can also provide additional information about a U.S. citizen who is in Nepal by emailing NepalEmergencyUSC@state.gov or calling the State Department at 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada) or +1-202-501-4444 (from overseas).

  3. Hi, I am scheduled to fly out this Sunday to Kathmandu. The original plan was just to tour Nepal. After what has happened, I’m considering re-booking my trip to a different destination or possibly going to Nepal and volunteering to help out those in need. However, I’m not sure what I can help with. I’m not from a medical background. Are there any volunteering opportunities at the moment with the Red Cross?

  4. Hi, Thank you for reaching out and your desire to help those in Kathmandu. Volunteers that deploy with the Red Cross are highly experienced and intensively trained individuals in specific areas such as IT/telecommunications, logistics, information management, recovery planning and cash transfer programing. The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help with mapping. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can help map the affected areas through OpenStreetMap. Using this open-source technology, digital volunteers can trace satellite imagery that help disaster responders measure the damage, identify priority areas, navigate our way around damaged roadways, and more efficiently deliver aid to people in need. Already, more than 2,000 people have contributed to the maps. You don’t need experience to volunteer your time, or a plane ticket. Just visit http://tasks.hotosm.org to get started.

  5. I am just reading how Red Cross has been helping with earthquake victims in Nepal. I happen to be there visiting my elderly parents and sadly I have not been able to get help for them. I am leaving for the States today and in desperation, reaching out to you. My parents are in their 80’s and in poor health. I am not asking for handout but need some help with advice on construction of their home. Since the earthquake, we have been sleeping in the car which is taking toll on their frail bodies. The house has many cracks and we don’t know if it is safe to go in and. Can’t get anyone to come. Plus sleeping outside in the dust environment, my dad’s eyes are getting infected, desperately trying get a tent but no luck with that either.
    Leaving them in that situations is horrible and unfortunately I had to come back to my Job. This may not be the proper place but can you please direct me to someone who can help them. Please!!!!
    I have always been a supporter of Red Cross and now after 50 yrs of support I am turning to you for help for my parents.
    Thanking you in advance.

  6. Good Afternoon,

    I am a graduate student at the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work obtaining my Master’s Degree in Social Work. Myself and many of my fellow classmates would like to organize a school-wide event to gather item donations to send to the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. I understand that monetary donations are encouraged the most but would we be able to send donation items to the Red Cross?

  7. Good morning,
    We appreciate your school’s interest in helping gather items to donate to those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Cash donations are the best way to help following a disaster because they entail no transportation costs, no delays, no customs and other fees, no carbon footprint and they do not divert relief workers’ time. In addition, cash donations allow relief supplies to be purchased in markets close to the disaster site, which stimulates local economies by stabilizing employment and generating cash flow. They also ensure that commodities are fresh and familiar to survivors, that supplies arrive expeditiously and that goods are culturally, nutritionally and environmentally appropriate. Few material donations have this highly beneficial, four-fold impact.

    While such offers are generous, the most effective way to help support the people of Nepal is through donations at http://www.redcross.org.

  8. Hello,
    I tried to donate thru Pay Pal but it did not work. Just to let you know 🙂
    thanks
    🙂

  9. I work in a school and would like our staff and pupils to help the people in Nepal. Could we collect clothing? Where would we send it to?
    Thanks in advance
    Chris Hopkins

  10. Hi Chris,
    We appreciate that your school’s desire to help collect clothes for those affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal. The American Red Cross is only accepting financial donations. If you’d like to donate money, you can do so here: http://rdcrss.org/NEPAL1

    In-kind donations, such as food, clothing and materials items, from the general public are not being accepted for the Nepal earthquake response. Large bulk quantities of palletized relief supplies will be considered, but please contact your local Red Cross chapter to discuss further.

  11. want to physically go there and help poot humans facing disaster. Please help me get there. Never know what can happen in mumbai, and in such a situation, of it occurs, may God help my family. Pls consider my volunteership.
    Regards

    Anirudh

  12. Hello,
    We appreciate your willingness to help. Volunteers that deploy with the Red Cross are highly experienced and intensively trained individuals in specific areas such as IT/telecommunications, logistics, information management, recovery planning and cash transfer programing. The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help with mapping. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can help map the affected areas through OpenStreetMap. Using this open-source technology, digital volunteers can trace satellite imagery that help disaster responders measure the damage, identify priority areas, navigate our way around damaged roadways, and more efficiently deliver aid to people in need. Already, more than 2,000 people have contributed to the maps. You don’t need experience to volunteer your time, or a plane ticket. Just visit http://tasks.hotosm.org to get started.

  13. Hi,

    I have about 6 or 7 freeze dried meals, un opened….the kind for backpacking that you buy at REI.. I would like to send to Nepal. Can you help direct me to where to send, please?

    Thank you ans good luck!

    Andy D

  14. Hi,
    We appreciate your desire to send freeze dried meals. Currently, the Red Cross is only accepting financial donations. If you’d like to donate money, you can do so here: http://rdcrss.org/NEPAL1

    In-kind donations, such as food, clothing and materials items, from the general public are not being accepted for the Nepal earthquake response. Large bulk quantities of palletized relief supplies will be considered, but please contact your local Red Cross chapter to discuss further.

  15. Good Morning!My name is Jane and I am from Nairobi,Kenya.I’m a specialist Nurse Anesthetists and 27 years of experience as a nurse. I want to help by offering my services,how do I go about it?

  16. Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in offering your services to those in Nepal. Volunteers that deploy with the Red Cross are highly experienced and intensively trained individuals in specific areas such as IT/telecommunications, logistics, information management, recovery planning and cash transfer programing. The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help with mapping. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can help map the affected areas through OpenStreetMap. Using this open-source technology, digital volunteers can trace satellite imagery that help disaster responders measure the damage, identify priority areas, navigate our way around damaged roadways, and more efficiently deliver aid to people in need. Already, more than 2,000 people have contributed to the maps. You don’t need experience to volunteer your time, or a plane ticket. Just visit http://tasks.hotosm.org to get started.

  17. Can you give me an address for The Red Cross
    that I can mail a check to for a donation
    to help the earthquake victims

  18. @Janice Thanks for your interest in donating to Nepal! To mail a check and designate your donation to earthquake victims, please fill out the following form and send it to this address:

    Donation form: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m24095016_redcross_donate_by_mail.pdf

    To donate by check or to a specific cause, please complete this donation form by printing and mailing to :
    American Red Cross
    P.O. Box 4002018
    Des Moines, IA, 50340-2018