Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd launched today a new 'Australians helping Japan' website at www.australiahelps.gov.au/japan to guide the many Australians wanting to help Japan recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Mr Rudd said Australians had been deeply shocked by the triple tragedy in Japan — an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear power plant crisis.
"The hearts of all Australians have gone out to the people of Japan and there have been countless offers of assistance and messages of support from all corners of the Australian community,' Mr Rudd said.
"We all know the scale of the destruction defies belief. Its impact will be felt for many years.
"Responding to the generosity of the Australian public, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has established an online web portal that provides information about what individuals and groups can do to help.
"Through this site, the Australian Government and the Australian community can band together to show the people of Japan that we are here for the long haul," said Mr Rudd.
The new website provides links to major accredited relief agencies and other organisations involved in the recovery and reconstruction efforts. The website also provides information on existing sister-school and sister-city links.
Mr Rudd also used the launch to welcome DFAT's new twitter account, @dfat, which went live today.
"The earthquake and tsunami in Japan is a perfect example of how important it is to get vital information to the public fast.
"By following @dfat, Australians can ensure they get the latest information on travel advisories, breaking news and of course, Australia's foreign and trade policies."
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