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Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

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The typhoon affected 4.3 million people across 36 provinces. Philippine Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting significant damage and a growing death toll, while the full extent of the devastation continues to unfold. The typhoon affected 4.3 million people across 36 provinces. Philippine Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting significant damage and a growing death toll, while the full extent of the devastation continues to unfold.
CHARLESTON, SC -

RED CROSS - Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines on Friday leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake. With sustained winds reported at over 145 miles per hour, and significantly stronger gusts, Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year.

The typhoon affected 4.3 million people across 36 provinces. Philippine Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting significant damage and a growing death toll, while the full extent of the devastation continues to unfold. Currently, 1,200 evacuation centers are housing more than 330,000 people left homeless by the storm.

The American Red Cross deployed two disaster relief specialists on Saturday to assist in the assessment and relief efforts. Since communication is still very limited in the hardest hit communities, the American Red Cross will also send two telecommunication specialists and a satellite system in the coming days.

The Red Cross has activated its family tracing services. If you are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, please remember that many phones lines are down. Please continue trying. If you are still unable to reach them, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross to initiate a tracing case.

Philippine Red Cross volunteer rescue and relief teams are providing assistance in the hardest hit communities, including assisting in search and rescue efforts and distributing food and relief supplies to survivors.

As Haiyan approaches Vietnam the Red Cross continues its relief efforts to communities affected by Typhoons Wutip and Nari, including an American Red Cross volunteer working there.

 People who want to donate to the American Red Cross to support the response for this typhoon can go to redcross.org

  • Help people affected by the Pacific Typhoon by going to www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
  • Mail in a donation to your local chapter at: 8085 Rivers Ave, Suite F, North Charleston, SC 29406 or calling 843-764-2323.
  •  For corporate or larger community fundraising events, please contact your local Red Cross chapter at 843-764-2323. Contact information for your local Red Cross can be found on www.redcross.org

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    Below are additional links to organizations Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts:

    The Philippine Red Cross said it has mobilized teams on the ground to help with rescue and relief operations. Click the link to learn more.

    UNICEF is taking donations to help provide children with shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines.  Donations can be made to UNICEF at unicef.org/support.

    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.  It asks for donations at www.wfpusa.org or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.

    Save the Children is also mounting disaster relief efforts to help children and families in the region with emergency assistance.

    Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations on its website as it begins moving supplies and staff to respond to the typhoon.

    World Vision said it will provide food and water to those in evacuation shelters.  It asked for one-time donations to be made at worldvision.org.

    Habitat for Humanity plans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses.

    Operation USA said it will allocate donations directly to relief and recovery efforts.

    National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) has created a disaster relief fund for victims in the Philippines.

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has begun collecting donations for relief efforts. To contribute, go to www.jdc.org or call 212-687-6200.

    Mercy Corps is accepting donations on its website as emergency responders move food, water, shelter and other supplies to the region.

    Google has also launched a person finder.

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