On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda), made landfall across the Philippines, destroying homes, flooding villages and leaving millions in need of immediate assistance. The Typhoon was the most powerful in recorded history – affecting 9.8 million residents and displacing between 480,000 – 660,000 from their homes. Officials fear the loss of life is in the thousands.
The scope of the need is immense and the response is slow due to significant supply chain and logistical challenges. Response capabilities were already stretched to the limit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that displaced 350,000 people just three weeks before Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda made landfall.
Points of Light is working with HandsOn Network Affiliate, Hands On Manila, to identify volunteer needs, support the technology needed to register volunteer interest, post projects and activate volunteers as well as raise funds to support response and recovery volunteer efforts in the Philippines.
You can help. Share with your communities this web page. Your support will help Hands On Manila mobilize volunteers and support the enormous needs in the Philippines as they become more clear in the weeks and months to come. Hands On Manila is posting regular updates on their Facebook page. Click here visit their Facebook page.
- Don’t self-deploy at this time. The situation is still critical and travel is extremely difficult or impossible throughout much of the affected area.
- Don’t Send Unsolicited Donations. One of the biggest issues around disasters is the amount of unsolicited item donations that start to come in immediately. It’s better to wait until communities assess and confirm their needs before you start to send things in.
- Do donate to help Points of Light and Hands On Manila support the mobilization of volunteers in ongoing response and recovery efforts.
- Do register your interest to volunteer on www.allforgood.org and check this page often for the latest updates on how you can help.
- Do be prepared! As the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda reminds us, disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Please take steps now to help your family and community recover more quickly from disasters. Visit www.goodandready.org to download an emergency preparedness checklist and create a disaster readiness plan for your family.
- Be patient Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster – especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.