Local Red Cross Offers Update on Typhoon Relief in Philippines

Our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines and with those who have loved ones there.

PROVIDENCE, R.I., November 10, 2013 – The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is providing the latest information it has from the American Red Cross regarding the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. “We want to share this information because we know many people have been moved by the scale of this disaster,” said American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter Executive Director Paula Montgomery. “Our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines and with those who have loved ones there.”

Current Status from the American Red Cross

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. 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. 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. The American Red Cross will also send two telecommunication specialists and a satellite system in the coming days. 

Red Cross Family Tracing Services in the U.S.

The Red Cross has activated its family tracing services. If people are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, please remember that many phones lines are down. If people are still unable to reach loved ones, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS to initiate a family tracing case.

American Red Cross Officials are in close contact with the Philippine Red Cross, and more help and assistance will be provided in the days ahead.

How to Help

The American Red Cross is now accepting financial donations to support people affected by the Pacific typhoon. And you can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to American Red Cross International Services, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. 

Donations may be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, visiting www.redcross.org, or sending a check to the American Red Cross. If sending a check, designate Philippines Typhoons and Flood in the memo line. 

Your gift to the American Red Cross will support our disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the typhoons in the Philippines. On those rare occasions when donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.

If you wish to help in crises around the world each year, make a designation to American Red Cross International Services. “A donation to support International Services allows us to help where the need is greatest,” Montgomery said.

Local address for checks:

American Red Cross

Donation Processing Center

158 Brooklawn Avenue

Bridgeport, CT 06604

As Haiyan approaches Vietnam the Red Cross continues its relief efforts to communities affected by Typhoons Wutip and Nari, including an American Red Cross volunteer working there.

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.