More than 10,000 people are feared dead after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall Friday in the central Philippines, local officials said. So far, the official death toll is 2,344, but the number is expected to rise as aid organizations mobilize to deliver food, water and medicine to survivors.
Here are some ways you can help the recovery efforts:
World Food Programme, the United Nations organization, allocated $2 million for the response to the disaster and sent 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits for preliminary food relief. Donations can be made online. You can also text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10.
The American Red Cross has activated a tracing service to help locate missing people and says to contact your local chapter to initiate a case if you’re unable to reach missing family members. To help support the organization’s disaster relief efforts, you can donate online.
Additional number for Restoring Family Links/Tracing: 09179519711, 09154940415 #tracingPH— Philippine Red Cross (@philredcross)
AmeriCares launched the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund to help send medical aid, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers to survivors.
Oxfam has deployed emergency responders to the area to assist with disaster relief. Donations can be made to Oxfam’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery Fund online.
Save the Children relief kits for children and families are being distributed through the Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon Children in Emergency Fund. Donations can be made online.
— Save the Children (@SavetheChildren)
Salvation Army says that 100 percent of donations will support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army is accepting donations online and or you can text TYPHOON to 80888 to donate $10.
Estimating that up to 1.7 million children will be affected by the super typhoon, UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund, is providing water purification tablets, medical kits, nutrition supplies and other emergency supplies to children and families in the area. You can donate online or call 1-800-367-5437 to donate by phone.
ShelterBox provides displaced families with survival kits that include temporary shelters and other supplies. Donations can be made online.
Heifer International says its 4,000 project participants in the Philippines suffered a huge loss of property, including houses and livestock. The hunger relief organization is providing food, water and roofing materials for basic shelters. You can donate online.
In the Philippines, Gawad Kalinga is distributing food packs containing a combination of rice, canned goods and water. Each pack costs 200 Philippine pesos, or about $4.60. You can donate on their website and read more about the organization, whose name means “give care” in Filipino.
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Anonymous asked: The raw numbers (12th Nov 2013) make Haiyan's damages look small relative to Katrina and Sandy, but relative to the nation's economy, they are larger. As a percentage of the national economy (GDP), the damages are: Katrina 0.7%, Sandy 0.4%, Haiyan 5%. As a multiple of the GDP per capita (how many people have to labor for a year to compensate): Katrina 2 mil., Sandy 1 M, Haiyan 6 M. -- Dale worley // alum mit edu
That’s a really great analysis. I’ll add it to the post. I was also concerned that people would belittle the damage done in the Philippines because the dollar amount was small but I couldn’t think of an intelligent way of explaining it relatively. Thanks :)
DOUBLE EDIT: Received this in my message box, a really great analysis about just how different $14 billion in damages means in the Philippines versus the US:
The raw numbers (12th Nov 2013) make Haiyan’s damages look small relative to Katrina and Sandy, but relative to the nation’s economy, they are larger. As a percentage of the national economy (GDP), the damages are: Katrina 0.7%, Sandy 0.4%, Haiyan 5%. As a multiple of the GDP per capita (how many people have to labor for a year to compensate): Katrina 2 mil., Sandy 1 M, Haiyan 6 M.
EDIT: I’m very moved that so many people feel so strongly about giving helping the victims of Haiyan. I made this graphic hoping it would engage people and urge them to reblog, thus sharing helpful information on how to contribute. HOWEVER — and this is my own fault for being ambiguous — the dollar amount actually indicates the amount of damage that the hurricanes caused and not how much has been donated. I tried to find this information as well but it proved difficult. I apologize for misleading anybody. Please note that the amount of damage caused in the Philippines is relatively low because the cost of shacks isn’t much, but people’s entire livelihoods were destroyed. I’m inspired by how supportive everybody on Tumblr has been, and apologize for misleading anyone. Thank you.
Because of Haiyan’s very recent devastation, please consider contributing to first-respondents efforts:
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. A Google crisis map has also been added to detail evacuation centers and areas designated for relief.
Charities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world are responding to this disaster. Many are detailed below with how they’re providing aid and how you can help them make a difference.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. You can donate to the Philippine Red Cross by selecting the Supertyphoon Yolanda campaign on their donation page. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Red Cross networks from around the world are supporting the Philippine Red Cross. Many have created specific funds for this disaster, including the American Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross and the British Red Cross.
The Salvation Army is on the ground serving storm survivors, primarily with food, water and shelter. Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing help since the typhoon hit, but are challenged by the lack of accessible roads to transport goods and medical supplies. The non-profit has set up a designated fund for Haiyan relief efforts, which you can access here. You can also make a donation by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is working with local authorities, the Filipino Jewish community and their global partners to assist in providing for survivors’ immediate needs. You can support their efforts online or by phone at 1-212-687-6200.
CARE's emergency response teams are coordinating with local partners in the Philippines to provide food, water, shelter and health care for those in need. Their teams in Vietnam are preparing for the potential need there as Typhoon Haiyan continues its devastation. You can support CARE's efforts on their website, or by phone at 1-800-521-2273 within the United States or +1-404-681-2252 outside the U.S.
Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S., is on the ground helping with water purification, shelter materials and essential living supplies. You can donate to the organization’s efforts online or you can call 1-877-435-7277. You can also type in your phone number on the website and a representative will call you back to take your donation.
Convoy of Hope's Global Disaster Response Team has shipping containers full of food and supplies on the way to the Philippines. The organization is preparing more supplies to be sent like canned goods, hygiene kits and water filtration units. You can visit Convoy of Hope's website to donate funds to their efforts or call 1-417-823-8998.
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.
Oxfam America aid teams are on the ground in northern Cebu, northern and eastern Samar and Leyte, in the Eastern Visayas region in the Philippines. They’re working to provide immediate access to water and sanitation materials. You can support this effort by donating online to their Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery Fund, or by phone at 1-800-776-9326.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency's (ADRA) emergency response team is working in Manila and in the province of Bohol to provide food, emergency relief and medical aid to those in need. They have launched an emergency appeal that you can support online or by phone at 1-800-424-2372.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has dispatched an emergency team to Manila and launched a $10 million appeal in order to ensure immediate needs like safe water, hygiene and sanitation are met. If you would like to contribute to their efforts, click here.
Operation Blessing International (OBI) has deployed disaster relief teams in multiple locations following the massive devastation from Typhoon Haiyan. The organization is providing clean water and food, emergency shelter materials and medical assistance. To help the charity’s mission, you can make a contribution on their website.
Food and water
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.
Samaritan’s Purse has sent disaster relief specialists, including water and nutrition experts, to the Philippines to deliver immediate aid. They have launched the Philippines Emergency Relief fund for this disaster, which you can support online or by phone at 1-828-262-1980.
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.
Action Against Hunger is on the ground providing drinking water and survival kits containing buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. They’re also working to distribute sanitation equipment to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases. They’re requesting assistance and you can help by donating online or by calling 1-877-777-1420.
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.
Habitat for Humanity is already providing help to 30,000 families with shelter repair kits to rebuild their damaged homes. You can support this work by donating from the Philippines to their Re-Build Philippines Fund or from the U.S. by contributing to their Disaster Response Fund. You can also make a donation by phone at 1-800-HABITAT.
Architecture for Humanity is mobilizing to assist with post-disaster reconstruction and the organization’s working with local architects to identify the most critical rebuilding needs. You can support their Super Typhoon Haiyan Response online, by calling 1-415-963-3511 or by texting REBUILD to 85944 to make a $10 donation from your mobile phone.
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.
International Medical Corps has pre-positioned medical supplies and their team is on the ground coordinating with their partners in the Philippines to distribute and provide medical aid. You can support their Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response fund online or by calling 1-800-481-4462.
More than 1.5 tons of emergency medicine and medical supplies are en route to the Philippines from Direct Relief. The supplies include antibiotics, pain relievers, nutritional supplements, antifungal medications, wound dressings and chronic disease medicines. You can call in your donation by dialing 1-805-964-4767 or you can go online to support the organization.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) have emergency teams in Cebu city with an additional 50 people including medical personnel, logisticians and psychologists arriving in the Philippines in the next few days. They’ll bring tents, supplies of drugs, medical equipment and material to purify water, as well as essential plastic sheeting, cooking items and hygiene kits. Teams will monitor possible outbreaks of infectious diseases. An additional cargo is being prepared due to leave later this week from Bordeaux with an inflatable hospital and medical material. You can make your donation by calling 1-212- 763-5779 or online.
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. You can also donate directly to UNICEF in the Philippines here.
Save the Children is offering disaster relief support for children in the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam after Typhoon Haiyan. The charity has pre-positioned relief material kits for children and families, which will include toiletries, household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials. You can support their Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon Children in Emergency Fund online. You can also donate by phone at 1-800-728-3843.
Emergency response teams from ChildFund International prepositioned supplies, including emergency kits and tents, and made arrangements with local suppliers to access food and non-food relief supplies. The organization is also preparing to setup child- centered spaces where kids can feel safe. Donate to ChildFund online to help children cope and recover confidence after this disaster.
Teams from Plan are also on the ground responding to the needs of children and their families. Their priorities are vulnerable youngsters and communities in rural locations. You can support their appeal on their website.
UNICEFis supporting relief efforts by helping displaced families find access to shelter, clean water, food and vaccines and airlifting $1.3 million of additional supplies from its Copenhagen warehouse. You can donate online, call 1-800-367-5437 or text RELIEF to 864233.
The Philippine Red Cross is providing a tracking service for family members looking for missing people. The organization is accepting donations on its website (100 PHP = $2.30) and is looking for volunteers to help assemble relief packages at its headquarters in Manila.
The American Red Crosshas also activated a family tracking service for those looking for a missing family member in the Philippines. Donors can send a check to their local chapter, indicating “Philippines Typhoons and Floods” in the memo line.
World Food Programmeis mobilizing 40 metric tons of high-energy biscuits and additional relief supplies, but is also accepting donations online or by calling 202-747-022 or +39-06-65131 from outside the U.S.
CARE is accepting donations on its website and has deployed workers to the Philippines to assist with emergency relief. You can donate by phone at 1-800-521-2273 or +1-404-681-2252 for international calls.
Oxfam has emergency responders on the ground to assist with relief support. The organization is asking for contributions to its Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery Fund online.
ChildFund International is distributing clean water, food, blankets and other emergency aid items. Staff members are also setting up child-centered spaces in evacuation centers to offer counseling and relief for children and their families. Donate online.