Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, Typhoon Haiyan Relief


Flash Appeal – Philippines Disaster Response

Child in Tambak, Philippines (Photo Courtesy CDRC / Marie-Charlotte Pezé)

Child in Tambak, Philippines
(Photo Courtesy CDRC / Marie-Charlotte Pezé)

$30 provides food and bedding for one family

$60 assists two families with food and bedding

$100 assists a family for six days and provides disaster preparedness education

$200 assists a family for 10 days and teaches a community about preparedness


**Updated, November 26, 2013**


Peace Winds America (PWA) is continuing to provide relief in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan. More than 3.3 million people are displaced, and the need for food, water, medicine, sanitation supplies, bedding, and shelter is greater than ever.

The media for Typhoon Haiyan has been centered in the populous areas in the east, around Tacloban and Leyte. Yet the devastation of the storm was enormous, and communities outside the media spotlight are at risk. Therefore, our initial efforts are focused on providing relief to 1,000 families in Busuanga Island, northeast of Palawan. There the communities of Salvacion, Cheey, and Buluang are in critical need and are far from the center of activity to the east.

In collaboration with our partner on the ground, the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) we are distributing relief items that include:

– 2 kgs riceBusuanga Island - Relief Locations Map - Caption

– 1 kg dried fish

– 6 tins of sardines

– 1 bottle of cooking oil

– 1 sleeping mat

– 1 blanket

– 1 set of utensils

At the same time we are doing awareness building around disaster risk reduction so that people are more prepared should another disaster strike.

We will continue to provide updates on our relief efforts and we thank you for your support.


**Updated, November 12, 2013**

The Seattle-based Peace Winds America (PWA) in collaboration with Peace Winds Japan and our Philippine partner, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), is providing relief to those devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Donations given to Peace Winds America will be part of our Philippines Disaster Response Fund and used to purchase and distribute materials and supplies to 10,000 families in Samar and Leyte Islands.

Peace Winds America believes that working directly with local partners results in more effective and economical relief. Through a robust partnership with CDRC, Peace Winds America and Peace Winds Japan are committed to long-term support for the Philippines.

An injured child in Tacloban City (Reuters)

An injured child in Tacloban City (Reuters)

With your support, Peace Winds America will provide relief goods to Typhoon Haiyan survivors for at least one month, before moving into early recovery/rehabilitation efforts during the following two-three months. Relief items include:

– Rice

– Canned food

– Dried fish

– Water

– Bedding supplies – sleeping mats, and blankets

– Shelter – tents, plastic sheeting

– Hygiene kits – soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste

*To support the local economy and speed the provision of supplies, all goods are purchased locally.

Survivors in an evacuation center in Cebu (Jay Labra/EPA)

Survivors in an evacuation center in Cebu (Jay Labra/EPA)

Working out of offices in Palo Leyte and Cebu, CDRC is coordinating purchasing supplies, making contact with field offices, and transporting goods by truck and ferry to the affected areas. They are facing large numbers of displaced citizens and persistent fears of disease (upper respiratory and skin infections) as well as chaos and instability on the ground. PWA is fortunate to have a veteran and highly competent partner with extensive experience in past disasters.

PWA will continue to post updates as they come in from the field and as relief moves to early recovery and rehabilitation.


November 8, 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally named “Yolanda”) is “among the most powerful storms witnessed anywhere in modern times.” It is over 1,200 miles wide and showing gusts up to 235 miles per hour! The Philippines meteorological agency reports storm surges of up to 17 feet striking the provinces of Leyte, Daanbantayan, and Bantayan Island, devastating the Samar province, and hitting the provinces of Cebu , Iloilo, Capiz, and Aklan. The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council issued warnings and evacuation notices, and evacuations are occurring in 37 of the Philippine’s 82 provinces, with more than one million people already in evacuation

Taking Refuge (Source: Reuters)

Taking Refuge (Source: Reuters)centers. It is estimated that 18 million people have already been affected. Lives have been lost, buildings, homes, roads, and farms have been destroyed. Philippine and UN disaster managers say that the needs now are shelter, food, health, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), camp management, and logistics.

Peace Winds America Is Responding!

Thanks to our work in the Philippines responding to previous typhoons Saola, Bopha, and Utor, we are prepared for this latest disaster. PWA’s local partner – the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC)– is based in Manila with offices throughout the country and is already responding. As in Typhoon Bopha, CDRC is bringing critical supplies to the hardest-hit communities and providing relief packages with rice, beans, dried fish, cooking oil, soap, blankets, and mattresses. PWA and CDRC maintain regular contact in emergencies, providing updates and situation reports. Your gift will support those most impacted by typhoon Haiyan and will be directed to the areas of greatest need.

Houses Wash Away in Coastal Areas (Source: AP)

Houses Wash Away in Coastal Areas (Source: AP)

An Ongoing Commitment to the Philippines

PWA is committed to effective disaster relief, recovery, and preparedness in the Philippines. In addition to our ongoing typhoon response efforts we remain actively involved in preparedness. This December PWA will be hosting a tri-lateral (Philippine-U.S.-Japan) workshop in Tokyo to help strengthen disaster relief among the Philippines, Japan, and the U.S. PWA activities will continue to build partnerships and plan effective response strategies.

Your Donation Is Significant in the Philippines

Please help support vulnerable, disaster-affected populations in the Philippines. Your donation will be put to work immediately providing food, water, shelter, and basic supplies for the men, women, and children who need it most.

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