As residents of the Philippines continue to struggle with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, we in Los Angeles send our condolences to the thousands of families and individuals who have suffered such a loss. This is also a time of deep concern for many of our Filipino friends and neighbors here in the county and across the nation, who have loved ones who have affected by Haiyan, and our hearts go out to them. Now is the time for us to pull together and help as best we can.
Teams of doctors, nurses and military veterans from Los Angeles have volunteered to help the victims of the devastation, and I encourage residents in Los Angeles County to donate to Philippine typhoon relief efforts through an organization of their choice, such as the International Red Cross.
For a listing of organizations sanctioned by the Philippine government, please visit the website of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles at www.philippineconsulatela.org. We on the Board of Supervisors have sent a five-signature letter to the Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles to express condolences on behalf of the citizens of Los Angeles County and will continue to look for ways to provide meaningful assistance at this time. The typhoon has brought devastation and agony to so many people, but we can also show our generosity of spirit and heart in this great time of need.
Below is a list of agencies:
World Food Program: World Food Program has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organization is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.
Red Cross: Emergency responders and volunteers throughout the Philippines are providing meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter. Learn more here.
The Philippine Red Cross: The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts. Learn more here.
AmeriCares: The relief organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies. Learn more here.
World Vision: The organization is providing food, water and hygiene kits at the evacuation centers. World Vision was also still actively responding to last month’s earthquake in Bohol, which luckily was not struck by the eye of the storm. Learn more here.
ShelterBox: ShelterBox provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless. Learn more here.
UNICEF: Anticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area. Learn more here.
Salvation Army: 100 percent of all disaster donations will be used for relief efforts and “to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.” Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.
Save The Children: The organization has sent relief kits for children and families, including household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials. Learn more here.
Doctors Without Borders: The organization is sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, including vaccines, tents and hygiene kits. Learn more here.
Operation USA: The Los Angeles-based nonprofit is sending much-needed water purification supplies to victims and seeking corporate partners to help with delivery. Donate $10 by texting AID to 50555 or give online. Learn more here.