While the scope of the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) remains unclear, the need for aid and assistance in the wake of the most powerful storm on record this year is not. With millions affected by the storm, massive damage to property and estimates of the dead reaching into the thousands, governments and agencies across the globe are rallying a relief effort to provide support, and individuals are urged to consider contributing to relief efforts such as the ones listed below:
- The American Red Cross: The American Red Cross activated family tracing services, among other aid efforts. To donate directly, click here. To let family and friends know you’re OK, or to search for loved ones, click here for the American Red Cross Safe and Well Listings.
- The Philippine Red Cross: The PRC is organizing various rescue and relief efforts on the ground. To donate directly, click here.
- Google: Google launched a person finder to organize information on people lost in the storm. You can use the finder to find someone you’ve lost contact with, or to submit information to help others locate those that are missing.
- Direct Relief: Direct Relief is sending emergency shipments of medicines and medical supplies. 100% of all donations to Typhoon Haiyan will got to helping relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines. To donate directly, click here.
- Shelterbox: ShelterBox currently has teams working in the Philippines, responding to both the typhoon and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. The teams will focus efforts in three of the badly affected regions, including Tacloban, Cebu and Bohol. So far, ShelterBox has committed sufficient aid for 4,000 families in the Philippines. To donate directly, click here.
- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP): WFP pledged $2 million in disaster response and damage surveying. In addition, the WFP is working with the Filipino government to bolster logistics and communications systems. To donate directly, click here, or text the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.
- UNICEF: UNICEF is rushing 66 tons of emergency supplies and relief to heavily devastated areas of the Philippines. For a general donation to UNICEF, click here.
- Doctors Without Borders has had an emergency crew in Cebu city, with the nearest fully operational airport to the disaster area, since Saturday. The group expects to have a team on the ground in Tacloban on Tuesday. To donate directly to Doctors Without Borders, click here.
- The Catholic Relief Services (CRS): CRS is mobilizing resources to support the government and devastated areas with an emphasis on shelter, water and sanitation. To donate directly to the CRS, click here.
- World Vision: World Vision is assembling supplies like food and water to support some 400,000 people. To donate directly to World Vision, click here.
- The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC): The JDC is working to assess the situation on the ground and provide relief. To donate directly to the JDC, click here.
- Habitat For Humanity: Habitat For Humanity plans to help more than 30,000 families rebuild their homes. To donate directly, click here.
- Save the Children: Save the Children is targeting relief efforts at families and children directly affected by Typhoon Haiyan. To donate directly to Save the Children, click here.
- Operation USA: Operation USA, an international relief agency, is organizing funds to support local governments and supplies for relief. To donate directly to Operation USA, click here.
- Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps launched emergency response efforts to provide food, water, shelter and basic supplies to typhoon survivors. To donate to help typhoon survivors, click here.
- Americares: Americares is preparing to deploy an emergency response team to the Philippines. To make a general donation to Americares, click here.
- The International Rescue Committee: The IRC is preparing to respond to basic safe water, hygiene and sanitation needs with an additional response as determined by needs on the ground. To make a donation to IRC's efforts, click here.
- Portlight Strategies advocates for the disabled community during and after natural disasters. They support relief efforts by getting necessary medical equipment into the area, as well as ensuring shelters are accessible for people with special needs. To donate directly, click here.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
MORE: Images from Typhoon Haiyan
A Filipino man walks in a puddle of water at a neighborhood ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)