AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The global Red Cross network is responding to the emergency needs in the Philippines with food, water, and relief supplies. However, blocked roads, destroyed infrastructure and downed communication lines are limiting the relief effort.
The Philippine Red Cross has begun distributions of relief supplies, and volunteers are packing more supplies to send to all the affected areas. Delivery of supplies in Tacloban, the worst affected city, has been significantly constrained by the damage there.
Specialized emergency response teams from Red Cross societies across the globe are moving into the Philippines to assist the Philippine Red Cross. These include teams that specialize in logistics, disaster assessment, shelter, health, water and sanitation.
Four people from the American Red Cross have arrived in the country. These include two people who specialize in telecommunications and who are traveling with satellite equipment, and two others who specialize in disaster assessment.
The Philippine Red Cross is leading the response effort, and their volunteers have been caring for people even before Typhoon Haiyan made landfall. The organization has extensive experience in search and rescue and large-scale relief and recovery programs.
The American Red Cross has activated its family tracing services. If people are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, they should remember that many phone lines are down. If people are still unable to reach loved ones, they should contact their local chapter to initiate a family tracing case.
People who want to donate to the American Red Cross to support the response for this typhoon can go to redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
People can also mail in a donation to their local Red Cross Chapter.
Augusta Chapter, 1322 Ellis Street, Augusta, GA 30901
Aiken Chapter, 1314 Pine Log Rd, Aiken, SC 29803