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Helping Those Affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan

by Kelly DeGraff

As you are undoubtedly aware, the impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines has been astonishing. The typhoon has caused widespread damage, including landslides and flooding, and is expected to claim the lives of thousands.

This is just one example of the destruction left behind by Typhoon Haiyan. (USAID photo)The storm’s impact is even more troubling when you consider that many of those affected by the typhoon were already left homeless by an earthquake in mid-October. The national service family is saddened by the tragic loss of life and devastation resulting from the typhoon, and we are grateful to the international organizations engaged in the relief effort.

As you know, national service resources are devoted to activities in the United States and cannot be deployed overseas. However, we know that many of you are interested in supporting relief efforts at a time when our neighbors on the other side of the globe are in need.

The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief operations to ensure a well-coordinated and well-resourced humanitarian response. To do this, we recommend turning to proven systems like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI). 

We know from experience that monetary donations to responding, reputable relief organizations are the fastest and most effective ways to assist survivors in the critical early phase of a relief effort.  We encourage you to review the USAID Typhoon Haiyan fact sheet and the giving tabs at the bottom of the CIDI webpage to learn more about how to smartly support those who are desperately in need. 

Thank you for your continued dedication to assisting those in need and for making every effort to be an informed, effective supporter.

Kelly DeGraff is the Senior Advisor for Disaster Services at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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