“Our hearts go out to the people in Japan who have suffered such a horrible set of circumstances. Not only did the earthquake do a considerable amount of damage but the tsunami was of epic proportions and made the matter multiple times worse than it was. Then you add to that what happened to their nuclear plant and the potential contamination.”
Poor weather for flying did hamper U-S relief efforts as pilots were not able to take helicopters from aircraft carriers. They are loaded with emergency supplies like blankets, food and water. Senator Nelson says relief operations will continue.
“March the 12th the Secretary of Defense authorized the U-S Pacific Command to continue disaster relief operations and approved $35 million in disaster and civic aid so we are doing what we can to help moderate the impact.”
Equipment to help with the nuclear disaster is also being sent from the U-S to Japan including several fire trucks.
Senator Nelson says as far as trade, he hopes activity will resume soon.
“We hope that the markets will continue. The Tokyo area is intact but as we do so we want the people in Japan to have the best in humanitarian aid and anything else we can do.”
Nebraska is a large exporter of food to Japan and Senator Nelson says trade may slow for a while but not stop.
“There will be some impact when you have that number of people displaced but they still need to eat and I think we will still be exporting Nebraska products to them as time goes by.”
Auto makers in Japan are shutdown but some factories will resume operation later this week.