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How to help donate for Typhoon Haiyan relief

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Last week Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines and they are expecting a death toll of nearly 10,000 people, and still thousands more are missing. Authorities reported at least 4 million people nationwide were affected by the powerful storm and 23,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed. Aid to the storm hit area are in the works and many organizations are seeking help for those in need.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel over the weekend directed the U.S. Pacific Command to support American Humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of the typhoon. With the storm hitting China today, many are expecting the damages in the Pacific Ocean from this storm to increase.

Now although here in Montana we are over 7,000 miles away from the devastation in the Philippines there are still many ways we can help.

Organizations like UNICEF and Save the Children are setting up funds helping with the relief efforts and the American Red Cross has sent specialists to the Philippines to assess the damages and are now accepting donations.

Anna Fernández-Gevaert Communications Director at Red Cross Montana says "The best thing that people in Montana can do is to send financial support to the Red Cross, if they want to designate their donations to specifically for the Philippines typhoon they should mark that in the memo section of their check"

The American Red Cross also wants to let those people know who are looking for family, remember phones are down in the Philippines, if you are unable to reach anyone to call 1-800-272-6668, for the family tracing case line, they will then put a trace on a missing family member.

 

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