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Tsunami Information Centers

The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan today will directly and indirectly affect millions of people.  Middlesex Community College is especially concerned about members of our extended campus community whose family and friends are affected by this disaster. 

 (CNN photo)

Support services will be offered on both our Lowell and Bedford campuses.  In Lowell, please visit the city campus cafeteria at 33 Kearney Square, and in Bedford, please visit the Dean of Student's Office (Building 9) on Springs Road.  All students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome.

 (CNN photo)

The centers opened Friday for any students, faculty/staff, and community members who wish to discuss the personal, local, and global effects of this devastating event.  Crisis counselors are on hand, and we are providing internet access for anyone looking to track information via the worldwide web.  Please join us and invite members of your extended community to join us as well.

Here's MCC leaders speak with a group of students about the far-reaching effects of such a widespread disaster:

 Faculty member Jim Grenier shows how social media and internet sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google can be used to gather information during a crisis:

In the meantime, please use this blog to communicate with us your personal experiences, as well as to offer prayers or support for those affected by this devastating tragedy.

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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011 10:44 AM by MCC Blog Admin


Darcy Orellana said:

Our employee assistance program, LifeWorks, has information and resources that can help MCC employees who may be concerned about family and friends in the areas impacted. MCC employees can call 888-267-8126, 24/7, to talk to a consultant about practical and/or emotional issues.  Also visit https://www.lifeworks.com for online resources. For LifeWorks login info, visit the MCC HR portal pages.

# March 11, 2011 11:20 AM

Faithe MacElliott said:

Before coming to MCC, I had the privilege of teaching in Japan for two years. Japan holds a special place in my heart and I consider it my second home. I pray my friends and their families have escaped this devastation. If I can assist in any community outreach, I'm happy to participate.

# March 11, 2011 12:41 PM

Pamela Flaherty said:

Our prayers and thoughts are with the families and friends affected by this devastating situation.    It is at times like this when we realize how large the MCC community extends.  We invite staff, students, families, friends and community members to join us for comfort and support during this difficult time.

When our students return from break we hope to mobilize relief efforts through our students clubs and organizations.  In the days to come please join MCC while we come together to help support the families and victims as they grapple with the devastation and begin to move forward into recovery.

# March 11, 2011 12:58 PM

jessica castanza said:

Keep with the prayers people pls my daughters father is a marine there and we haven't heard from him yet !!

# March 11, 2011 1:58 PM

Pamela Flaherty said:


Please do not hesitate to connect with folks on campus for help and support.  We are located: In Bedford, the Dean of Students office, second floor, building 9;  In Lowell , the Multicultural Center, ground floor LC building.  

Our prayers are with you and your family.


# March 11, 2011 3:32 PM

mamadou jalloh said:

Me and my family send our warmest and sincerest condolences to all the people of Japan and hope that God will be on their side and give them all the comfort that they need.

# March 11, 2011 4:51 PM

breanna said:

I just feel so helpless. The video and pictures are so hard to watch. Between this and the middle east, it reminds me to be grateful. My problems are trivial in comparison. Thank u mcc for providing the blog.

# March 11, 2011 5:22 PM

Paul said:

I'm very saddened by the events happening in the Pacific. I send my condolences to those whose lives are affected. Please let me know if there's anything I can do. My email is A00189728@middlesex.mass.edu.

# March 11, 2011 6:23 PM

Josh said:

Our prayers and support go out to those affected by the earthquake in Japan and whoever the tsunami may affect in the coming days.

# March 11, 2011 7:31 PM

Rachel Holmes said:

My brother is a Marine stationed in Okinawa. CNN reported that all military is accounted for, but we are still worried he is injured or worse. We haven't heard from him and are unable to get ahold of him. Keep all those people in your prayers.

# March 11, 2011 8:14 PM

Kerri said:

I cannot even express how horrible this makes me feel. My love, thoughts, and prayers go out to the victims in Japan.

# March 11, 2011 8:16 PM

David said:

My family and I will send our hope and pray to all the people in japan, Hope someone is looking over them and god bless to all.

# March 11, 2011 8:42 PM

Nilsa Fernandez said:

My condolences to the people that are going through this tragedy.

Sometimes, we complain about little things that happens in our daily living,it is time now to think and be grateful of what we have today, because we dont know what tomorrow holds for us.

two days ago, Japan was a country like any other, people worrying about little things and trying to survive the day to day duties. Today Japan is a country devastated by mother nature.

Let's stop worrying about what doesnt really have importance, and let's take a moment to think and to appreciate life day by day.

Let's stand together and pray for those whose now are suffering.

# March 11, 2011 9:34 PM

Faith said:

MY prayers and thought goes out to people in Japan.

# March 11, 2011 9:43 PM

Mario Marquez said:

I feel so worried about the disaster all the people there and ones that are still missing I hope that they will be found, I hope they will make it though this, I will keep them in my thoughts, If there is anything I can do My email is A001749@middlesex.mass.edu

# March 11, 2011 9:45 PM

Anh Nguyen said:

I had worked for a Japanese company for 3 years. When earthquake happened, I worry so much. I try to connect to them. Pray for my co-workers and everybody there .

# March 11, 2011 10:58 PM

Adam gillingham said:

Thoughts and prayers

# March 12, 2011 2:32 AM

Kerri Sullivan said:


I have a good friend in the Marines, as well.  According to his mother, all the members of the Marines have been accounted for.  I found some more information here regarding the topic, too: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/03/marine-earthquake-japan-tsunami-aid-031111w/

Hope this helps!  

# March 12, 2011 11:03 AM

Glenda Mille said:

My thoughts and prayers are with the people in Japan..

# March 12, 2011 2:50 PM

Shafik Mutaawe said:

i think we should all at any one point bow our heads down and pray for Japanese and do as much as we can to help those that have been displaced from their homes...

# March 12, 2011 10:02 PM

Annette Cleary said:

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan at this most difficult and sad time.

# March 13, 2011 3:06 PM

Morina Sok said:

I always wanted to visit Japan. I feel bad for what happened. This is such a horrible thing. I hope and pray for all the people of Japan.

# March 13, 2011 9:40 PM

Moses Karugu said:

Personally, I feel the pain of the disaster because I took part in the first response to Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in Eastern Congo and I do relate the effect of the impact. The Japanese situation is complexed by the secondary effects like nuclear explosions and the much damage that will affect the environment including the human beings making more challenging. I feel for the entire country because it already brought down the economic status according to the media. Worse is the radiation effect. the international community needs to support Japan Gov without hesitation immediately to avert other explosions. Here at home, we need to learn how to prevent the explosion and meltdown in event of disaster strike and affecting our existing plants.

From me I would like to say that we stand together in this because today Japan tomorrow another country. Nuclear stations in the developed countries will need serious address on how to respond with appropriate interventions. My family and I are putting you all (Japanese) in our daily prayers. God Bless you

# March 14, 2011 12:45 AM

Lauren Seeley said:

My husband and I have good friends in Japan, and we don't know yet if they are safe.

Yoshio and Yukio Ueda (Tokyo)

Yoshizumi and Akido Shindo (and 2 children) (Tokyo)

The Google search has no news of them, so we must wait, hope and pray that they are safe. Our prayers are for all in Japan.

If anyone has any other methods, please let us know.



# March 14, 2011 12:27 PM

Wilredo Jimenez Jr. said:

My prayers and condolences go out to everyone directly and indirectly affected by this terrible tragedy may the almighty be with you all every step of the way.

# March 14, 2011 3:10 PM

Shaye Ricca said:

The other Japanese students and I are currently working on plans for some kind of fundraiser after the end of spring break. Anyone interested in helping out can contact me at my school email.


# March 14, 2011 8:53 PM

Lauren Seeley said:

Facebook messages last night were received!  The Ueda's and the Shindo's are okay but very worried about the nuclear threat.  

# March 15, 2011 9:12 AM

Amar said:

The situation on Japan is very dangerous most especially the chain effects created by their nuclear power plants. As the saying goes, Mother Earth can resist the change, Can Humans?

# March 15, 2011 11:54 AM

TSA said:

On behalf of the Transportation Security Administration officers. We send out our condolences to the families who are affected by the tragedy in Japan. Our hopes and prayers for those who are missing for there safe return.

# March 16, 2011 9:30 AM

trina gardner said:

I believe that this is very devasting and we should find a way to help the victims in Japan if we can.  We have everything they have nothing

# March 18, 2011 1:47 PM

nicholausreynolds1971@gmail.com said:

The devastation of this act of mother nature directly affects us all. I hope that if nothing else it prepares us all for these disasters. There was just no way to prepare for or foresee this event.

# April 12, 2011 3:03 PM
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