THE PHILIPPINES – Off Topic Post

The Philippines are in dire need of help.  As a long time disaster services volunteer I simply can not sit here with this blog that is internationally followed and say nothing.  Using my blog to help the people in the Philippines with one post is the best use I can think of.

PLEASE HELP THROUGH DONATIONS OF MONEY.

Please DO NOT donate items.

Time Magazine has an excellent article on HOW TO HELP TYPHOON VICTIMS

It lists agencies that you can donate through to help.

Why money?

- Money helps the local economy get back on its feet.  Especially since most agencies try to buy as much local materials and resources as possible.

- Money means getting exactly what is needed NEW. This is huge.

- Donating items is nice once the requests for items is sent out.  Donating items now just means you are causing a problem. They have to store those items somewhere, which means diverting manpower away from important relief efforts.  It also means they need to sort through the items make sure they are safe. This also takes away important manpower.

- Money is flexible in getting what is needed, items are not.

Donate money to the organizations in the Time Magazine article.  PLEASE.

The article is below:

Updated Monday, Nov. 11, 11:15 a.m.

Rescue and recovery organizations from around the world are pouring into the storm-battered Philippines, where Supertyphoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, inflicted widespread devastation. Up to 10,000 people are feared dead in the aftermath of the storm, which made landfall on Friday as one of the worst on record in the typhoon-prone nation. Nongovernmental organizations and charities are mobilizing to coordinate relief efforts, while much of the country waits without power, water or communications. Here’s how you can help:

If you’re looking or have information on a missing person, Google Person Finder has launched a Typhoon Yolanda page. A Google Crisis Map is also available for evacuation and relief information.

The mGive Foundation is collecting donations from U.S. wireless subscribers, who can text AID to 80108 to give a $10 donation to the organization’s Philippines Typhoon Diaster Relief Fund. Charges will appear on the user’s wireless bill or will be deducted from a prepaid balance. Text STOP to 80108 to stop or HELP for assistance. Full terms are available here.

UNICEF is supporting relief efforts by helping displaced families find access to shelter, clean water, food and vaccines and airlifting $1.3 million of additional supplies from its Copenhagen warehouse. You can donate online, call 1-800-367-5437 or text RELIEF to 864233.

The Philippine Red Cross is providing a tracking service for family members looking for missing people. The organization is accepting donations on its website (100 PHP = $2.30) and is looking for volunteers to help assemble relief packages at its headquarters in Manila.

The American Red Cross has also activated a family-tracking service for those looking for a missing family member in the Philippines. Donors can send a check to their local chapter, indicating “Philippines Typhoons and Floods” in the memo line.

The World Food Programme is mobilizing 40 metric tons of high-energy biscuits and additional relief supplies, but it is also accepting donations online or by calling 1-202-747-0722 or +39-06-65131 from outside the U.S.

CARE is accepting donations on its website and has deployed workers to the Philippines to assist with emergency relief. You can donate by phone at 1-800-521-2273 or +1-404-681-2252 for international calls.

Oxfam has emergency responders on the ground to assist with relief support. The organization is asking for contributions to its Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery Fund online.

International Medical Corps is also on the ground to help assess damage and is accepting donations on its emergency-response page for Haiyan relief.

ChildFund International is distributing clean water, food, blankets and other emergency aid items. Staff members are also setting up child-centered spaces in evacuation centers to offer counseling and relief for children and their families. Donate online.

Doctors Without Borders has had 15 members of an emergency team in Cebu since Saturday. The organization is sending more staff to assist with medical and psychological treatment as well as items such as medical kits, vaccines and hygiene kits over the next few days. An additional cargo with an inflatable hospital and medical material is being prepared to leave later this week. Donate online.

The International Rescue Committee has also dispatched a team of aid workers to assist in assessing the damage and providing access to clean water and hygiene and sanitation needs. The organization is asking for donations online.

Read more: How to Help the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan Victims, Survivors | TIME.com http://world.time.com/2013/11/10/how-to-help-typhoon-victims/#ixzz2kRrYUTcM

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