Red Cross Assisting In Philippines
Press release from the American Red Cross
(Cincinnati, Oh) –Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines on Friday, November 8, 2013 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 9.5 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, 1,400 evacuation centers are housing more than 330,000 people left homeless by the storm.
“Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this terrible natural disaster and the volunteers who are helping,” says John Ryle, CEO of the Southeastern Indiana Chapter. “The Red Cross is assisting with Typhoon Haiyan relief in a number of ways.”
The American Red Cross is activating its family tracing services through the Restoring Family Links Program. The Red Cross is able to accept inquiries for clients concerned about their loved ones based on the following criteria:
• For persons living in the affected areas who were in regular contact with their relatives in the United States before the disaster occurred.
• For family members who are not U.S. citizens.
Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747. Please contact International Services Coordinator Dyah Miller at email@example.com to start the process of your inquiry.
The American Red Cross is also beginning to deploy specialists to assist in the assessment and relief efforts. On Sunday, a disaster volunteer from the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region was deployed to the Philippines to assist in restoration of telecommunication systems.
The American Red Cross is currently accepting donations to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines. Local businesses are working with the Red Cross to make their contributions to the relief effort. Remke Markets are giving their customers the option to donate at the check-out line. Customers who wish to donate must tell their cashier that they want to make a contribution. All local Remke Markets are participating in this effort. Businesses may contact the Cincinnati Chapter for assistance for establishing employee giving programs through online donations.
You can make donations online at Typhoon Appeal on www.redcross.org or 1-800-REDCROSS.You can also send or drop off a check at the Southeastern Indiana Chapter, 539 Main St, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025. For further information please call 513-579-3061.
For continued updates on Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, please visit redcross.org.