The American Red Cross is providing support to the Philippine Red Cross for its response to Typhoon Haiyan, which caused significant damage and a rising death toll. Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines Friday with sustained winds reported at over 145 miles per hour. The storm affected 4.3 million people across 36 provinces, and 1,200 evacuation centers are housing more than 330,000 people. The Red Cross is sending limited personnel and communication equipment to aid the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
The Red Cross serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties 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 and communication is very challenging right now. Please continue trying to reach your loved ones, however, if you are unable to reach them, you can contact the Red Cross via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, go to http://familylinks.icrc.org/en/pages/home.aspx or call your local chapter to initiate a tracing case.
If you would like to make a donation to help people affected by the Pacific Typhoon go to redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Alternatively, you can mail a donation to your local Red Cross office, contact information for your local Red Cross can be found on www.redcross.org. For corporate or larger community fundraising events, please contact your local Red Cross chapter.
Typhoon Haiyan is moving across the South China Sea and is expected to make landfall in central Vietnam, causing extensive damage in the same areas where thousands of people were displaced by Typhoons Wutip and Nari. The Red Cross already has volunteers on the ground and will continue its relief efforts in these affected communities.
The Red Cross is in close contact with the Philippine Red Cross and will continue to provide more help and assistance in the days ahead.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.