Please Help Haiyan Victims
The Philippines, the country so dear to our hearts, has been hit by a category 5 typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda in PH). It’s really heartbreaking to see the widespread devastation the typhoon has inflicted to such a beautiful country. Today we appeal to your kindness, let us all #HelpHaiyanVictims and be a shoulder to lean on for the Filipinos!
How can you help?
Numerous organizations have launched relief efforts in the Philippines in the aftermath of Supertyphoon Haiyan. Here’s how you can help these efforts:
International Rescue Committee (IRC). The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. The organization has deployed an emergency team to the Philippines and launched an immediate fundraising appeal in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Donate here >>
Doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation, and are always involved in disaster situations with crucial medical care. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency coordinator in the Philippines Dr. Natasha Reyes describes the devastation brought by Typhoon Haiyan and what the medical needs are now. Donate here >>
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) / Philippine Red Cross (PRC). The ICRC works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence, it also provides assistance during natural disasters. The ICRC has an office and staff on the ground in Tacloban city and will be focusing its emergency response in Samar province. The Philippine Red Cross has already sprung into action to assist families in reconnecting. You can donate to ICRC here >> or donate to PRC here >>
If you are in the Philippines, you can also donate to Red Cross via text message.
For Smart subscribers, text RED <10,25,50 or 100> to 4143
For Globe subscribers, text RED <5,25,50,100 or 300> to 2899
Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is preparing to deliver food, water, temporary shelter and other basic supplies to devastated areas throughout the Philippines. You can support the organization by donating through their website, PayPal, or by calling 1-888-747-7440. Donate here >>
World Food Programme. The World Food Programme was already providing emergency food assistance in the Philippines following the October earthquake. With these emergency food stocks stretched thin, they’re now mobilizing additional supplies and are flying in 40 tons of fortified biscuits in the coming days. Additional food supplies are needed. You can help these efforts by donating online or by calling 1-202-747-0722 domestically or +39-06-65131 for international calls. Donate here >>
World Vision. World Vision is responding in the Philippines by first providing emergency food and clean water. They will also work to create child-friendly spaces and help families rebuild from this disaster. They have launched a Philippines Disaster Response Fund that you can support online or by calling 1-888-511-6443. Donate here >>
Shelter Box. ShelterBox was already in the Philippines providing shelter after the 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. They are now expanding their operations to provide tents and essential equipment for families left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan. You can support their work in the Philippines either online or by calling 1-941-907-6036. Donate here >>
Americares. Americares has an emergency shipment on the way to the Philippines with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. You can support Americares with an online donation or by calling 1-800-486-4357. Donate here >
UNICEF. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is helping children and their families in the Philippines receive shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines. Their emergency response can be supported online or by calling 1-800-367-5437. Donate to UNICEF USA here >> or donate directly to UNICEF in the Philippines here >>
Looking for loved ones?
If you’re looking for someone missing in the Philippines, or if you have information about someone there, Google.org has launched the Typhoon Yolanda Person Finder. You may also contact us and report a missing person via the form below. Our team will be sharing this information with Google to add to their database. We will also post the information on Patti’s social media channels.
Where to get more info and updates?
A Google crisis map has been added to detail evacuation centers and areas designated for relief.
Follow updates on the storm and its effects at http://www.gov.ph/crisis-response/updates-typhoon-yolanda/
Philstar has released a partial list of ‘Haiyan/Yolanda’ survivors. See the list at http://www.philstar.com/nation/2013/11/11/1255487/list-yolanda-survivors-missing-persons-partial
And here’s the link to the official list of casualties: http://www.gov.ph/crisis-response/updates-typhoon-yolanda/casualties/.