How to help Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

BY News Desk  November 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM EDT

People salvage what they can from homes destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Save the Children

Editor’s note: Updated at 10:40 p.m. EST, Tuesday, to reflect the number dead and additional ways to help.

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.

The Philippine Red Cross also has several ways to donate to assist their localized efforts, including a tracking service as well.

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.

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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