As many of you may already know, the Philippines and SE Asia has been hit by what is categorized as a megastorm, Typhoon Haiyan. It is being labeled as one of the strongest, possibly the strongest, known storms in recorded history. For those of you in the States, to give you perspective, it was harder hitting than Hurricane Katrina & Sandy… combined. Needless to say, the devastation is immeasurable and the death count is rising rapidly.
Now, with rebuilding and recovery the main focus for an entire nation and region of Asia, they are going to need our help. For those that are inclined to pray for the people, please do. But I implore you to consider contributing in other ways as well. Here are some ways to do so.
From USA Today:
HOW YOU CAN HELP
• The American Red Cross has volunteers spread throughout the region and accepts donations online. You can also mail a check to your local American Red Cross chapter designating Philippines Typhoons and Flood in the memo line.
• The U.N. World Food Programme is urging Americans to make donations to support its emergency food relief after Typhoon Haiyan. You can donate online or by texting the word AID to 27722 to donate $10.
• AmeriCares is deploying medical aid and a relief team to Philippines, and says an emergency shipment with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors is already on its way.
• To donate to the Salvation Army‘s Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, visit its website or text TYPHOON to 80888 to donate $10 and reply YES to confirm your donation. The organization uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief.
• Looking for someone in the Philippines area that is in your family or a friend?Google has launched a person finder for the storm, also known as Yolanda in the Philippines, where you can try and find out someone’s whereabouts or enter your own information.