The deadly earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan created ripple effects of compassion across the world as the scale of disaster is being realized. Compassion in wake of disaster:

"Our hearts go out to the people of Japan and their survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. Right now we are in discussions with the Japanese Red Cross to assess their needs and see how we can help. The military has reported that all their personnel are accounted for and all Red Cross staff on the military bases are also fine."

Tracy Aguilar, Red Cross branch director for Natrona and Converse counties, said Friday that because they house the national emergency response vehicle for the region, they've been put on standby, and may be called to go to California at a moment's notice.

If anyone would like to help, the Red Cross welcomes and appreciates donations.

Ways to help:

"Those who would like to help, they can send check, credit card, any donations they'd like to here at the local office and we will then transfer those over, or you can donate to the redcross-dot-org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. You can also text REDCROSS 90999 to make a $10 donation."

The Red Cross also provided numbers for people who are looking to contact U.S. citizens in Japan, the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or (202) 647-5225.

The location of the Red Cross office in Casper is American Red Cross of Wyoming, Natrona/Converse County Branch, 318 West “B” Street, Casper, WY 82601. For more information you can call 237-8436.