By Arman, Communications Intern
Imagine a girl looking outside her window and sees the skies are darkening. She is preparing for a storm she’ll never forget. After many hours of uncertainty and danger, she has weathered the storm with her family, she fought to survive, then she turns around and realizes that her younger brother is missing. Because of the resilient winds, high flood waters and flying debris, the one person she vowed to protect has gone missing . This is the reality today for thousands of people living in the Philippines, due to Typhoon Haiyan. On last Thursday and Friday, winds of 235 miles per hour tore through the Philippines with a current total death count at 1,774, many fearing it to be around 10,000.
The American Red Cross has deployed a disaster relief team on Saturday to assist in the assessment and relief efforts following the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines on Friday. Since communication is still very limited in the hardest hit communities, we also will send a telecommunication team and a satellite system in the coming days.
The Red Cross has activated its family tracing services for those looking for missing family members in the Philippines. The service is offered to people who have family members living in the Philippines.
We also are providing support via financial donations for Filipinos affected, as well as recovery funds for the communities impacted. You can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to American Red Cross International Services, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. Individuals looking to assist those impacted by international disasters can visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RedCross.
The help of the American Red Cross and those across the world who support disaster relief efforts, Filipinos like that girl looking for her little brother, can get the help they need.