State Department Works to Bring Relief to Typhoon Victims

Posted by John Kerry
November 11, 2013
A Filipino Girl Rests With Her Family Inside Their Damaged Home

As we commemorate Veterans Day here at home, the State Department is working with Team Rubicon to deploy a team of incredible, courageous  American veterans to the Philippines and all the areas damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. Just as they did after Hurricane Sandy, these veterans will be using the skills they learned in uniform to help others recover from this terrible storm.

The State Department also is cooperating with the Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund established by The mGive Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit organization, to coordinate donations via mobile phones to benefit victims of the typhoon.

I want to assure the people of the Philippines and the many Americans of Filipino heritage that we are working as hard as possible to provide essential assistance to help the Philippine people and their government recover from this tragedy.

Since the start of this calamity, the United States has been working closely with our partners in the Philippines to provide rapid and effective relief. Our embassies in the Philippines and Palau are in close and constant contact with their partners in local governments to direct aid to the right places. When I spoke with Philippines Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario, I assured him of our full commitment to providing all necessary assistance.

A U.S. disaster assistance response team was among the first international groups to reach Leyte province, one of the hardest-hit regions. Experts from the U.S. Agency for International Development are working closely with Philippine agencies to evaluate the damage and identify the best ways to help those who have suffered losses from the storm. Within hours, the U.S. embassy in Manila provided substantial financial assistance for health, water and sanitation.

The U.S. government is organizing emergency shipments of critically needed material to provide shelter to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos driven from their homes by this unprecedented typhoon. We are also organizing emergency shipments of food and hygiene supplies to thousands of families. Pentagon personnel are also deeply involved, providing logistical support to make sure relief gets to the right locations as quickly as possible. Non-governmental organizations, charities and private relief organizations are also on the scene.

How You Can Help

U.S. wireless subscribers can text AID to 80108 to give a $10 donation to the mGive Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund.

Donations will be collected from the U.S. wireless carriers by the mGive Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 public charity that empowers text donation campaigns across 60 U.S. wireless carriers -- providing access to 99 percent of all mobile phone users. Donations made to mGive will be distributed to relief organizations supporting Philippine Typhoon response and recovery. For more information visit, www.mgive.org.

The $10 donation will go to The mGive Foundation’s Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund. Charges will appear on the donor’s wireless bill or be deducted from the prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Donors must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Msg&Data rates may apply. Text STOP to 80108 to stop. Text HELP to 80108 for assistance. Full Terms: mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy: mGive.org/P.

You can also contact the Center for International Disaster Information to learn where to donate and visit the following sites for lists of organizations responding to Typhoon Haiyan:

For non-U.S. based donations, please visit here for ways to help, and go to WhiteHouse.gov/typhoon to learn more.

About the Author: John Kerry serves as the 68th Secretary of State.

Comments

Comments

James M.
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Arkansas, USA
November 11, 2013
Dear Ambassador: Thank you for your timely response in wake of the Typhoon that just visited the Philippines. I know that team Rubicon the state department is working with is top notch and little is missed,but please consider using your influence to communicate with the the US Navy Chief of Staff and the House and Senate committees for armed forces affairs to use all the available resources of the 7th fleet to help the Philippines in their time of great need. The Philippine people think very highly of the US 7th fleet and to fly its flag and muster its vast resources for humanity in this time of great need would give them lots of hope and physical sustenance for which the deed would be thanked and remembered by a whole generation. Sincerely, James McGowan
Maureen V.
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Massachusetts, USA
November 11, 2013
Thank you for the information Secretary Kerry. It works.
Joel G.
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Colorado, USA
November 11, 2013
Why couldn't I donate to U.S based donations on line? I don't have a texting phone.
Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
November 13, 2013
We should have more news on how are veterans and military personnel are helping people here, and around the world. They do more than people think they do to help people.
steven f.
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California, USA
November 13, 2013
why for God's sake isn't the government using the TRIAD Program to air-lift and drop thousands of sandwiches and water YESTERDAY! as the air ports are gone and handing out food only gets to the young and able and not old or children who need it.
Leslie H.
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California, USA
November 13, 2013
I, also do NOT have a smart phone with texting.. Please publish web sites for contributions!
Dave G.
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United States
November 14, 2013
When I log on to mGive.org to see how the donation by test works it says: Proceeds wire directly from NPO in 90 days. What kind of circus are we running here. I want my money to be in the hands of someone who needs water and food within 48 hours. NOT GOOD. Clean up your act.
Claudia R.
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United States
November 14, 2013
I've been wondering that since the weekend!! so upsetting :(((
Joy P.
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California, USA
November 15, 2013
Thank you for your kindness and generosity But I don't have a texting phone, how can I help in other way.
Richard H.
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California, USA
November 15, 2013
i will help you by giving $10 to your organization however i will be moving to another state in the next few months please e-mail me your address so i can donate the $10 latter i have many friends in the Philippines as well i will be glad to help you thank you for your time. Richard Hawley
Spencer D.
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California, USA
November 15, 2013
My wife's family lives in Hilongos, Leyte. They are running ot food in the area, and there is no way for us to send them money. This is horrible. I am so angry and sorry for all of these people, as many, many of them are starving. With all of our technology, we should be able to do something. President Aquino has not acted fast enough. Given all of the typhoons in the Philippines each year, I see no reason why an action plan was not put into place. I feel the worst has just begun.
Myles C.
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Arizona, USA
November 15, 2013
I was told by my family that the price of rice has gone up 300% and the ferry from Manila to Leyte has increased from $20 one way to about $100.
Michael C.
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North Carolina, USA
November 17, 2013
We can arrange a large aircraft capable of transporting 18 pallets (40 tons) of cargo. It is currently in Nairobi, Kenya and is available for relief missions ASAP.
Heather W.
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California, USA
November 19, 2013
We must help the devastated people of the Philippines: first by doing all we can to provide basic needs.Next: By doing all we can to reverse the US policy and all of our individual practice of fiddling while carbon dioxide pollution destroys life and climate as we know it. Anything less is genocide by default.
Lee A.
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California, USA
November 20, 2013
Dear US Secretary of State: I would like to make you aware of the situaiton that is going on at the Mactan-Cebu airport as told to me by family members there - that packages mailed (FED EX from the US) are being held up by Customs due to (outragous) taxes/import fees etc. Family call the Custom workers "scavengers." The US has given (and for the 5th time) 38 MILLION dollars to this country. Why are our US donation boxes being held hostage? Also, this "re-packaging" that is going on and holding up the distribution of this much need food/supplies. SHAME SHAME SHAME How are US citizens suppose to get much needed items to our families in Cebu in a safe/cost effective/guaranteed manner? Thank you for your time ~
merlin m.
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India
February 13, 2014

This is very much interesting. Thanks for sharing this useful information.

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