A number of resources for helping people facing the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan are available. A full picture of the devastation has begun to emerge days after Typhoon Haiyan (called Typhoon Yolanda by Philippine authorities) ripped through the Philippines last Friday. Millions are affected.
Below please find links for providing relief assistance, locating loved ones in the Philippines, and finding more information from news outlets in the country.
Links to the most recent news coming directly from the Philippines:
Philippine news outlet ABS-CBN’s website: www.abs-cbnnews.com/
The newspaper in Manila, the capital of the Philippines: http://www.mb.com.ph/
International organizations are available to send relief assistance. The following organizations are listed alphabetically.
American Red Cross: As the world’s largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross touches the lives of more than 300 million people each year. The Red Cross provides humanitarian services to our refugee and immigrant communities by reconnecting loved ones separated by conflict, natural disaster or other humanitarian situations, and by ensuring broad dissemination of humanitarian principles. The link to make a donation to the Typhoon Appeal is www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod4650031
- The Philippine Red Cross said it has mobilized teams on the ground to help with rescue and relief operations. The link is http://www.redcross.org.ph/.
CARE is providing emergency assistance for the estimated 11 million people in the path of Typhoon Haiyan. The link is at http://care.org.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has launched a $10 million appeal and sent an emergency team to Manila who already started to work on the ground. For more information, visit www.rescue.org.
UNICEF’s emergency operations center is closely monitoring the situation. With an on-the-ground presence in the Philippines since 1948, UNICEF is already helping children and families affected by the storm. UNICEF’s first priority is providing life-saving interventions to children and their families, and it is deploying pre-positioned supplies to cover essential medicines, nutrition, safe water and hygiene. UNICEF estimates that more than 40 percent of those affected by the storm are children under 18 years of age.
Options for making a donation to UNICEF’s relief efforts include the link at https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=16500&16500.donation=form1. Another option is to print a form to send donation by mail or call 1.800.FOR.KIDS (1.800.367.5437) to donate by phone.
World Food Programme (WFP), a United Nations organization, said it will send more than 40 tons of high energy biscuits and work with the Filipino government to help with logistics and emergency communications systems. Representatives said they have allocated $2 million for the disaster response and officials joined an assessment mission to survey damage in Leyte and Samar provinces. It asks for donations at www.wfpusa.org or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.
Checking on family and friends in the Philippines?
The Cobb County Public Library System provides access to public computers; please stop by during regular operating hours if you’d like to use the library’s computers for assistance in finding your loved ones using these sites:
American Red Cross:
Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) has shut down most communications in parts of country.
American Red Cross helps families separated internationally when:
- Families have been separated internationally as a result of war, disaster, migration or other humanitarian emergency.
- Families have tried normal channels of communication to the extent possible.
- The family member making the inquiry is able to provide essential information on the sought person.
- The family member making the inquiry is a relative, who had been in direct contact with the sought person before the crisis occurred.
There are no charges or fees for using the services of the Red Cross.
To connect to the Red Cross’ Family Linking Services, contact the local Red Cross:
Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter
American Red Cross
1955 Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA 30324
Learn more about how Red Cross helps to reconnect families separated internationally at http://familylinks.icrc.org/en/pages/home.aspx
Google Person Finder:
Google.org has launched the Typhoon Yolanda Person Finder for individuals looking for someone missing in the Philippines or have information about someone there. The link is http://google.org/personfinder/2013-yolanda/
A Google crisis map has also been added to detail evacuation centers and areas designated for relief efforts at http://google.org/crisismap/a/gmail.com/TyphoonYolanda
CNN has a page called Impact Your World with information on how people can help. There’s a list of certified organizations operating in the area to provide help and other forms of aid. People can also to post an iReport about family members here. CNN may respond to posts. CNN is sharing this information with Google to add to their database.