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Red Cross Response to Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines
Hawaii residents have expressed tremdous concern and support for those affected.
The American Red Cross is providing more 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, and 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 storm affected 4.3 million people across 36 provinces, and 1,200 evacuation centers are housing more than 330,000 people left homeless by the storm.
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.
“Hawaii residents have expressed tremendous concern and support for those affected,” said Coralie Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter. “Those who wish to donate to help those in need can do so by mailing a check to our office to “American Red Cross” and indicate in the memo line “Philippine Typhoon” (for Philippines response specifically) or “Pacific Typhoon” (affecting Philippines, Vietnam, etc.). They can also go to redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS. For corporate or larger community fundraising events, please call 739-8133.”
The American Red Cross is sending in disaster relief specialists and equipment to the Philippines and also is helping people connect with loved ones.
The American Red Cross deployed two disaster relief specialists on Saturday to assist in the assessment and relief efforts.
Communication is still very limited in the hardest hit communities, and the American Red Cross will also send two telecommunication specialists and a satellite system in the coming days. If people are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, please remember that many phones lines are down. The Red Cross is starting to activate its family tracing services.
We are in close contact with the Philippine Red Cross, and more help and assistance will be provided in the days ahead.
Typhoon Haiyan is moving across the South China Sea and expected to hit Vietnam next, and the Red Cross continues its relief efforts to communities in that country that have already been affected by earlier typhoons.
Haiyan is expected to make landfall in central Vietnam, causing extensive damage in the same areas where thousands of people were left homeless following two earlier typhoons.
The American Red Cross currently has a volunteer on the ground in Vietnam assisting with the relief efforts from the previous storms.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; 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.