Emergency Funds - Philippines
Helping Typhoon Victims in the Philippines
In response to the enormous tragedy inflicted by Typhoon Haiyan on communities all across the Philippines, we have assembled a list of recommended organizations that are providing relief to residents of the region. We are actively monitoring the situation and will continue identifying the most effective and efficient organizations providing disaster relief and recovery to the affected areas.
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. 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.
Direct Relief: Direct Relief International, a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit founded in 1948, works to bridge the health care gap and to strengthen local health care systems by providing medications, medical supplies and facilities to assist people affected by poverty, disaster and civil unrest. More than 1.5 tons of emergency medicine and medical supplies are en route to the Philippines, with more on the way, as Direct Relief’s Emergency Team continues to monitor health-related needs following Typhoon Haiyan.
Habitat for Humanity International: Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has built and repaired more than 20,000 homes for families in need plus thousands of other families displaced by typhoons, fires and landslides. The organization will offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses.
The International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit has a set of standardized emergency projects in each of its technical areas of expertise, from health to child protection. This toolkit approach allows the IRC to quickly begin aiding an emergency-affected population in a way that is immediate, consistent, measurable and in accordance with best practice. In particular, the health and WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) emergency interventions are going to be of critical help to the people of the Philippines over the coming days and weeks.
Save the Children: With a history of responding to emergencies in the Philippines, Save the Children has already deployed a rapid response team to meet the needs of children in the city of Tacloban, where the typhoon hit with deadly force. In Vietnam, Save the Children has an emergency response team ready to assist affected communities.
It's important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Does your family have a disaster plan? Do you have an emergency preparedness kit? Visit the American Red Cross for resources and emergency preparedness information.