Bringing years of experience to Japan's disaster zone

Japan, March 15, 2011

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    Mercy Corps Director of Global Emergency Operations Randy Martin (right) has led several disaster response efforts, including relief and recovery in the aftermath of last year's Haiti earthquake. Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

Over the last several years, Randy Martin has led Mercy Corps' emergency response to a long list of disasters and conflicts including the Haiti earthquake, the Indian Ocean tsunami, epic floods in Pakistan, war in Congo and Hurricane Katrina. Today, as the agency's Director of Global Emergency Operations, he's headed to earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan to help strengthen the relief operations of our partner Peace Winds.

Martin left today for Japan and will arrive later this week. Some of his emergency team members will follow over the coming days, helping bring much-needed assistance to a nation that has lost at least 3,300 people and witnessed the evacuation of 370,000 from their homes.

Martin's initial work alongside Peace Winds came in 2003, when Mercy Corps responded to help survivors of a devastating earthquake in Bam, Iran. Since then, Peace Winds and Mercy Corps have collaborated on relief operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and along the U.S. Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In his role as the leader of a global team of emergency response experts, Martin is field-tested in disaster relief and recovery. He will lend years of experience to Peace Winds' ongoing efforts to reach and deliver supplies to thousands of survivors.

You can support the lifesaving efforts of Mercy Corps and Peace Winds by making a donation. Your contribution will go immediately to help families in some of Japan's hardest-hit areas.