Red Cross Sends Support to Philippines for Typhoon Relief
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The global Red Cross network is responding to the emergency needs in the Philippines with food, water, and relief supplies, and the American Red Cross is lending people, expertise and equipment to this effort.
While relief efforts are well underway, blocked roads, destroyed infrastructure and downed communication lines are making the response particularly challenging.
This is typical of major disasters both internationally and in the U.S.
The Philippine Red Cross has begun distributions of relief supplies and volunteers are packing more supplies to send to all the affected areas.
However, delivery of supplies in the worst affected city of Tacloban has been significantly constrained by damage there to local infrastructure.
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 Philippines.
These include two people who specialize in telecommunication and who are travelling with satellite equipment, and two others who specialize in disaster assessment.
It's important to remember that the American Red Cross response to disasters overseas is different than how we typically respond in the United States.
When responding overseas, we work closely with the affected Red Cross society and provide the level of staff support and assistance they request.
The American Red Cross is helping reconnect families separated by this typhoon.
The Red Cross has activated its family tracing services.
If people are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, please remember that many phones lines are down.
If people are still unable to reach loved ones, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross (915-592-0208 x226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.