The Disaster

Typhoon Haiyan had a devastating impact on the lives of 9.5 million people across the Philippines, and displaced at least 600,000 people, when it slammed into the country on Friday. Survivors were described as being in desperate need of clean drinking water and food on Monday. "In some cases the devastation has been total," Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras told a news conference. 

Haiyan is estimated to have destroyed 70-80% of the structures in its path as it tore into the coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar, with winds gusting at 235 mph. Experts have described it as the strongest storm ever to make landfall in a populated area. Officials say that 10,000 or more may have died. The images we see on-line and in the media are overwhelming. As survivors assess the damage, Joseph Curry, with Catholic relief services says that victims are in desperate need of help rebuilding their homes. Shelter is an urgent issue, as rains continue in the wake of the typhoon.

Local Response

City Tech’s Student Government Association is collecting funds for disaster relief. In addition, the City Tech Foundation is prepared to receive donations for Philippines relief. To give through the City Tech Foundation, either send a check to the Foundation or give on-line by selecting “Support City Tech” on the College website and using the pull-down menu that says “I want my donation to be designated for,” selecting “Hurricane Relief Fund.” Donations received at the Foundation will be divided between Doctors Without Borders and ShelterBox, an innovative new group that provides tents, blankets, cooking equipment and other fundamental tools for survival, (in a box, as the name suggests). Both are already on the ground in the Philippines and are well regarded by charity evaluating groups. 

National and International Response

The organizations listed below are deploying urgent relief efforts on the islands. You can also give by clicking on any of these links:

  1. The American Red Cross

    » The American Red Cross has launched a family tracing service among other aid operations. If you are unable to reach a family member in the Philippines, you can contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross to initiate a tracing case. Representatives added that it has deployed two people to assist with assessments in the Philippines. It asks those who want to support relief efforts to mail a check to their local American Red Cross chapter, with "Philippines Typhoons and Flood" in the memo line or to donate on their website. Go to for local chapter information or to donate directly to the Philippine Red Cross.

  2. The Philippine Red Cross

    » The Philippine Red Cross said it has mobilized teams on the ground to help with rescue and relief operations. Click the link to learn more.


    » UNICEF is taking donations to help provide children with shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines. Representatives said its staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to help in relief efforts and 66 tons of emergency supplies are being sent from Copenhagen. An airlift set to arrive on Tuesday will include water purification systems, storage equipment and sanitation supplies. Donations can be made to UNICEF at

  4. Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

    » Doctors Without Borders (MSF): MSF will focus initially on Leyte Province, the area first hit as the typhoon came ashore, and where many medical facilities have been destroyed or damaged.

  5. World Food Programme (WFP)

    » World Food Programme (WFP), a United Nations organization, said it will send more than 40 tons of high energy biscuits and work with the Filipino government to help with logistics and emergency communications systems. Representatives said they have allocated $2 million for the disaster response and officials joined an assessment mission to survey damage in Leyte and Samar provinces. It asks for donations at or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.

  6. The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

    » The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has launched a $10 million appeal and sent an emergency team to Manila who have already started to work on the ground. For more information, visit

  7. ShelterBox

    » ShelterBox was already in the Philippines providing shelter after the 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. They are now expanding their operations to provide tents and essential equipment for families left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan. You can support their work in the Philippines either online or by calling 1-941-907-6036.

  8. Save the Children

    » Save the Children is also mounting disaster relief efforts to help children and families in the region with emergency assistance.

  9. Catholic Relief Services

    » Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations on its website as it begins moving supplies and staff to respond to the typhoon.

  10. World Vision

    » World Vision said it will provide food and water to those in evacuation shelters. Representative said it is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people, including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter and protection. It asked for one-time donations to be made at

  11. Habitat for Humanity

    » Habitat for Humanity plans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses.

  12. Operation USA

    » Operation USA said it will allocate donations directly to relief and recovery efforts.

  13. National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)

    » National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) has created a disaster relief fund for victims in the Philippines.

  14. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

    » The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has begun collecting donations for relief efforts. To contribute, go to or call 212-687-6200.

  15. Mercy Corps

    » Mercy Corps is accepting donations on its website as emergency responders move food, water, shelter and other supplies to the region.

  16. ChildFund International

    » ChildFund International has been in the Philippines since 1954. The organization is distributing clean water, food and other household items to victims of the typhoon. It is in the process of setting up child-centered spaces in evacuation centers to provide counsel and relief to children and families affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

  17. International Medical Corps

    » International Medical Corps deployed an emergency response team of medical personnel and sanitation experts to the Philippines to and is accepting donations through their website in order to ship medicine, clean water and food. They are also asking for $10 donations by texting MED to 80888. Infection control is a priority “to keep those already healthy, healthy,” and “medical and social interventions are needed,” to help those who have been injured and displaced,” said Noel Miranda, leader of the Philippines team. 

  18. The Salvation Army

    » The Salvation Army is also asking for $10 donations by text. One hundred percent of money donated by sending TYPHOON to 80888 or through their website will be used to sort, ship and distribute donated goods.

  19. Direct Relief

    » Direct Relief has shipped 1.5 tons of medicine, nutritional supplements and first aid supplies to the Philippines and hope to ship more with the help of donations through their website. They have also partnered with Team Rubicon, a US military veterans’ disaster response organization, who is helping Direct Relief drop off portable kits to displaced survivors.

  20. Google People Finder

    » Google has also launched a person finder.

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