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American Red Cross Responds to Typhoon Haiyan

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The Greater New York Red Cross is supporting New Yorkers concerned about loved ones affected by Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines 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 is supporting our Red Cross counterparts in the Philippines with four specialists. These include two people who specialize in telecommunication and who are travelling with satellite equipment, and two others who specialize in disaster assessment.

Locally, the Greater New York Red Cross is supporting New Yorkers concerned about loved ones who may have been affected by the storm, including our area’s large Filipino community.

  • Call center: The Greater New York Red Cross is operating a call center out of its Regional HQ for New Yorkers trying to locate loved ones in the Philippines as well as those coping with the emotional trauma caused by the storm. The number for the call center is 1-877-REDCROSS (877-733-2767) ***Please note that our tracing services are for those looking for Filipino Nationals. Individuals seeking information about United States nationals should call the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Citizen Services, 202-647-5225.***
  • Community Outreach: Greater New York volunteers have been canvassing neighborhoods with large Filipino populations, including Woodside, Queens, providing information on how to connect with loved ones and how to get support from the Red Cross.
  • Community Partners: We are also engaging Filipino community partners—including the Philippine Consulate in NYC—to ensure strong communication and coordination going forward.
  • People wishing to donate to the American Red Cross to support the response for this typhoon can go to or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

    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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.