Monitoring Partners in the Philippines as Typhoon Haiyan Nears

Direct Relief’s Emergency Team is in contact with its partners in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Haiyan –  the most powerful storm on Earth this year – approaches the island nation.

Locally known as Yolanda, the storm is expected to make landfall early Friday local time (Thursday night in the U.S.) and is predicted to hit with winds of about 155 mph – equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane.

The typhoon approaches as the nation is recovering from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 200 people last month. Many people who were forced to evacuate after the earthquake are living in temporary shelters, which puts them at greater risk of harm from severe flooding and mudslides that are likely to occur with the typhoon.

Direct Relief received this news from one of its partners, “I am worried about our friends in Jagna and especially the thousands that are living outdoors with at best an old tarp of some kind to cover their families.  The typhoon is expected to be very bad.”

Eight pallets of emergency medicines and supplies – including acute care items as well as chronic care items – that were sent as part of Direct Relief’s response to the earthquake are en route to the country and expected to arrive on the island early next week.

In anticipation of this disaster, Direct Relief is working to prepare another delivery of critical medicines and supplies to send to partners treating people in the Philippines.

During and after flooding, many people are at high risk of developing skin and eye infections, respiratory infections, diarrhea, malaria and cholera. Highly-requested products following flooding events include: nutritional products, IV solutions, antibiotics, wound care, personal hygiene supplies and medicines for chronic conditions.

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  1. hi my name is alex cook, i am proficient in first aid and building services. i am offering my help for the recovery operation of this typhoon. please let me know how i can help.

  2. I have years of volunteer experiences as well. Is there a way we can help on the ground?

  3. hi my Name is Matthias senkbeil, i am a paramedic and firefighter as well. so i am offering my personal help for any at this Operation.
    let me know whats going on. every time !!

  4. I am also willing to help with my efforts.. Also qualified first aid…. I am from Canada and my wife lives in palo leyte… I lost contact with her 2 days ago… Willing to pay my own flight

  5. I am a pediatric emergency physician practicing here in the USA. I was born in the Philippines and speak the dialect. I want to go there and help. I can pay for my own airfare. Please direct me to the right emergency medical team. Thanks.

  6. I also am an emergency medicine physician that can pay my own airfare. please direct me to appropriate site.
    thank you

  7. Many thanks for your generous offer! Please email and your request will be redirected to to the appropriate staff.