Thursday, November 14, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan

Hey guys! I know it's been quite a while since my last post so please forgive my absence. It's been six days since Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) has shattered the central part of the Philippines. It's been recorded as one of the strongest typhoons ever to make a landfall. It's just so sad because the some of the affected parts haven't really recovered yet from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake last month. I think the typhoon only lasted for a day but still it made a great impact to the Filipinos in the affected areas. Crazy how my homeland is frequently hit by natural disasters.

Though my relatives are safe and sound back home and were not affected by the typhoon, it's heartbreaking to see the aftermath of the said calamity. Just looking at the pictures and reading about it makes me really sad and teary eyed. So much loss, damages and devastation. Right now, thousands of death have been reported and thousands are still missing. A lot of people suffer from injuries and evacuees are needing the primary aids such as food, water, clothes, blanket and shelter. People are clearly in a desperate situation.

I'm also deeply touched because the Filipino spirit is alive and burning. I can see how intense the unity of the people are. I find it overwhelming because a lot of nations extended their help in various ways. Many countries are continually sending troops, donations, goods and aids to the victims of the typhoon. Many actors, actresses and artists in the Philippines have pledged to give some of their income and talent fees also. Other people are also sending letters and stuffs to uplift the spirits of the affected persons.

However, it's sad to know that though the country is receiving much help and donations, many are still hungry and thirsty and badly needing help. These donations will be useless if they wouldn't reach the people in need. I believe that even the smallest act can make a big difference. We can all help through many ways. Even a short prayer would mean a lot. And I encourage you to do so. ;)

Below is a list of organizations, click the links to see how to help the people affected in any kind:

The American Red Cross has launched a family tracing service among other aid operations. If you are unable to reach a family member in the Philippines, you can contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross to initiate a tracing case. Representatives added that it has deployed two people to assist with assessments in the Philippines. It asks those who want to support relief efforts to mail a check to their local American Red Cross chapter, with "Philippines Typhoons and Flood" in the memo line. Go to for local chapter information or to donate directly to the Philippine Red Cross.
The Philippine Red Crosssaid 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. Representatives said its staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to help in relief efforts and 66 tons of emergency supplies are being sent from Copenhagen. An airlift set to arrive on Tuesday will include water purification systems, storage equipment and sanitation supplies. Donations can be made to UNICEF at
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 or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has launched a $10 million appeal and sent an emergency team to Manila who have already started to work on the ground. For more information, visit
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) has organized teams of doctors, nurses, surgeons, psychologists, water and sanitation experts and other specialists to respond to the typhoon’s aftermath. The organization is also dispatching nine cargo planes loaded with tons of water, sanitation and medical supplies. The humanitarian cargo includes medical kits for treating the wounded, equipment for medical consultations, tetanus vaccines, relief items such as tents and hygiene kits, water and sanitation equipment and, if needed, an inflatable hospital, said spokesman Tim Shenk. Some of the group’s medical teams were already in place in Cebu Tuesday, but blocked roads, a damaged airport and bad weather have made access to affected areas particularly difficult. 
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. Representative said it is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people, including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter and protection. It asked for one-time donations to be made at
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 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.
ChildFund International has been in the Philippines since 1954. The organization is distributing clean water, food and other household items to victims of the typhoon. It is in the process of setting up child-centered spaces in evacuation centers to provide counsel and relief to children and families affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
International Medical Corps deployed an emergency response team of medical personnel and sanitation experts to the Philippines to and is accepting donations through their website in order to ship medicine, clean water and food. They are also asking for $10 donations by texting MED to 80888. Infection control is a priority “to keep those already healthy, healthy,” and “medical and social interventions are needed,” to help those who have been injured and displaced,” said Noel Miranda, leader of the Philippines team. 
The Salvation Army is also asking for $10 donations by text. One hundred percent of money donated by sending TYPHOON to 80888 or through their website will be used to sort, ship and distribute donated goods.
Direct Relief has shipped 1.5 tons of medicine, nutritional supplements and first aid supplies to the Philippines and hope to ship more with the help of donations through their website. They have also partnered with Team Rubicon, a veterans’ disaster response organization, who is helping Direct Relief drop off portable kits to displaced survivors.
Apple has created an option in the iTunes Store allowing iTunes customers to donate, and iTunes will transfer 100 percent of donations to the American Red Cross. Donor support will provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. 
Google has also launched a person finder.
AT&T and Verizon are offering free calls and texts to the Philippines for customers trying to contact friends and family there in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Mammoth Medical brought a team of surgeons, doctors and medical support volunteers to the Philippines. The group is equipped with three surgical teams and more than 30 parcels of medical supplies as well as a self-contained surgical tent. Click the link for more information. 
Oxfam teams on the ground are reporting an urgent need for food, clean water, medicine and shelter. Teams are ready to deploy water and sanitation materials to those affected but need help to scale up their response. 
Team Rubicon is working to facilitate search and rescue efforts and provide medical triage for a field hospital in Tacloban. Click the link for more information. 
If you're interested to send donations, please be careful and beware of scams. 

Information and pictures taken from NBCNews, TheGuardian, Rappler, CNN, ABSCBN news and GMA network.

Best Wishes! x




  1. It's crazy, right? My friend was in Cebu for work when the Typhoon hit. Thankfully she was safe, but there was so much devastation.

    1. I know. Tsss. Oh, good thing she's safe. I have some friends who are studying and working at Cebu, too. Thank God, they're safe.


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