Opportunities to donate to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

Keith G. Tidball, New York State Extension Disaster Education Network Coordinator, provided the following information Nov. 12 regarding the typhoon in the Philippines:

Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, and then descended upon Vietnam and southern China. Officials in the Philippines fear that millions will need basic aid during the still-unfolding rescue and recovery process. Damage to homes and infrastructure is in the billions of dollars.

Below are some of the organizations that will be assisting in the recovery effort, with links to their websites so you can explore their work and consider opportunities to assist. Please note this is not an exhaustive list, and Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension do not explicitly endorse any of the aid organizations below. This list is merely provided as a reference point for those considering donating to relief efforts.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive and rebuild their lives. They are sending teams to assist in the Philippines.

Doctors Without Borders works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation. It is always involved in disaster situations requiring crucial medical care.

The International Committee of the Red Cross works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. It also provides assistance during natural disasters, and the Philippines Red Cross is already helping families reconnect.

The International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Fund is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. They are gathering teams to send to the Philippines.

Save The Children supports children and families around the world affected by disaster. They are preparing to assist in the Philippines.

The United Nations’ Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) is rushing relief supplies to the region, and says up to four million children could be affected by the disaster.

Mercy Corps is deploying some of their most seasoned emergency responders and will be working with partners on the ground to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of survivors. In the wake of one of the strongest storms in recorded history, families desperately need food, water, shelter and other basic supplies.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership based organization that serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery —to help disaster survivors and their communities.

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 Disaster 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.

Finally, before you donate your time or money, please be aware that there are always scammers looking to profit from disasters. If you are thinking of giving money, check credentials at the Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/), which evaluates the financial health and efficiency of more than 5,500 organizations.

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