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Typhoon Haiyan November 9, 2013

Posted by caradox in Life, Progressive Politics.
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The storm came ashore Friday, hitting the Philippines as the strongest tropical storm to ever make landfall and one of the largest in world history. It landed as a huge Category 5 equivalent storm of 195 mph winds and is currently a Category 2 storm as it reaches Vietnam. Yesterday, we could only know that it was going to be bad, and hope for the best for those in its path. Today, the extent of the damage is starting to trickle out in images and casualty estimates. It may be days before the full extent of the impact is truly known. The world response is gearing up to get help to those stranded in evacuation shelters and those injured and needing help in the affected areas.

As has become my habit, I’m sharing info on how you can help as friends and the world community share updates on relief efforts.

How to Help

UN World Food Programme – wfp.org/typhoon or (in America) text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10

As a preliminary measure, 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits are due to be flown in from Dubai in the coming days. High Energy Biscuits are often provided in the early days of a crisis as they are light to transport and do not need cooking.

WFP is also working with the government to boost logistics and emergency telecommunications capacity as required.

Philippine Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate

Here’s what they’ve been doing.

AmeriCares – americares.org

Emergency medical aid is underway and a relief team is deploying to the Philippines to help survivors of super Typhoon Haiyan – possibly the worst storm in the disaster-prone country’s history.

Even before the monstrous typhoon struck, AmeriCares had pre-positioned emergency medicines and supplies ready to help families displaced by the storm. A new emergency shipment is underway with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also providing emergency funding that will allow partner organizations in the Philippines to purchase and distribute critical relief supplies in the hardest-hit areas.

h/t for the above to @rjoseph7777

Team Rubicon – Once again, my favorite team of veterans is mobilizing to help. They’ve been all over the US working to help after disasters like Sandy and the Oklahoma Tornado, and now they are launching Operation: Seabird Donate online at Team Rubicon.

Tomorrow, a team of 15 experienced, specially qualified TR volunteers from across the country along with three members from Making Change, a veterans-based relief organization in Norway, will board flights to Manila.

The primary objectives of Operation: Seabird are facilitating search and rescue efforts and providing medical triage for a full-scale field hospital in Tacloban. The field hospital can handle up to 100 patients at a time and will be managed by Mammoth Medical Missions, who’s standing up a surgical team of 17.

We’re in the process of outfitting volunteers with PPE and preparing packs and medical gear so they remain self-sufficient for several days after arrival. We’ll continue to assemble intel gathered over the last 48 hours and adjust our strategy based on conditions reported from the ground.

Catholic Relief Servicesemergencies.crs.org You can share prayers here and see what CRS is doing as well as donate.

h/t for the CRS info to @pnuts_mama

Micromappers.com – if you are Twitter-savvy and want to pitch in, Micromappers is the place to go. Put your fingers to work!

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has requested assistance in responding to Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, one of the worst storms in recorded history. The UN wants to find tweets that refer to infrastructure damage as well as needs and requests for help. So we’re collaborating with our UN colleagues and the Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF) to make this happen but we need all the help we can get from the World Wide Crowd, meaning you!

h/t to @econoprof for sharing this great way to use technology to help.

More info as things evolve – if you have a great suggestion for how people can help, DM me @Caradox or email heycaradox@gmail.com

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