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Nov 11
November 11, 2013

CGI Members Respond to Typhoon Haiyan; Ways to Support


Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest recorded storms in history, touched ground on Friday, devastating entire towns in the island nation, including the cities of Basey and Tacloban, where thousands are missing and officials say the death toll could reach 10,000. According to the UN, more than 600,000 displaced residents across the country are in desperate need of food, water, and medicine.

Some of those joining the relief efforts include CGI members and commitment-makers with extensive experience in emergency response. They will provide medical attention to the injured, help search for survivors, and engage in a myriad of other on-the-ground efforts.

For more information about efforts underway and how you can assist with the disaster response, see the following list, and check back for additional details.

Updated 12 pm ET Thursday, November 14


AmeriCares has a relief team on the ground, and shipments containing enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors are on the way. How you can help.

Architecture for Humanity

With experience in post-relief reconstruction, Architecture for Humanity is assessing ways to help impacted areas rebuild “better and stronger.” How you can help.


Emergency teams with CARE, which has worked in the Philippines since 1949, are on the ground coordinating with partner organizations to reach an initial 150,000 people, starting with the provision of emergency food and shelter. How you can help.

Direct Relief

Direct Relief is sending more than $275,000 of emergency medicine and medical supplies to the Philippines, and working with Asia America Initiative to coordinate the delivery of critical medical aid ranging from antibiotics to  pain relievers. How you can help.


Heifer reports that it is working to provide relief to 4,000 project members as soon as possible as it assesses damage to projects in the area. How you can help.

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is dispatching an Emergency Response Team to the Philippines, with priorities that include providing water, ensuring adequate sanitation and hygiene, and controlling infection. How you can help.

International Rescue Committee

IRC's emergency team “will focus on immediate needs to save lives: water and sanitation and health,” and eventually look to using cash-for-work programs to help residents rebuild. How you can help.

International Federation of Red Cross / Red Crescent (IFRC)

Through an emergency appeal to mobilize support for the Philippine Red Cross, the IFRC hopes to deliver humanitarian assistance to thousands of families. How you can help.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is dispatching emergency responders and expects clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food to be the priorities. How you can help.


NetHope is working closely with the UN’s Emergency Telecommunication Cluster (ETC), which is coordinating IT and telecoms services for the international community.  NETHope is also dispatching a response team to the affected region to help with ICT support.  


Oxfam teams are on the ground, prepared to “deploy water and sanitation materials to those affected,” reports the organization. How you can help.

Save the Children

Save the Children is working to provide disaster relief to affected children and families. How you can help.

ShelterBox USA

A Response Team is currently distributing aid to families in Bohol who had lost their homes following an earthquake in the region in October and whose personal circumstances were only confounded further by the devastating typhoon. The organization reports that its other teams are working to assist 4,000 families in the most typhoon-impacted areas in the immediate future. How you can help.

Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon is launching Operation Seabird, which will send 15 Team Rubicon volunteers to Manila on Tuesday to help with search and rescue efforts and provide medical triage to survivors in the region. How you can help.


According to UNICEF, “Therapeutic food for children, health kits, water and hygiene kits to support up to 3,000 families in the affected areas have already been mobilized." How you can help.

World Vision International

According to World Vision International, “A Lufthansa flight full of relief supplies left Frankfurt to Manila today to provide World Vision with blankets (5,400) and tarps (3,000) for immediate emergency shelter.” How you can help.