November 8, 2013
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), in collaboration with members of the ACT Alliance, has been monitoring Typhoon Haiyan as it approached and made landfall in the Philippines. As the typhoon approached, ACT Alliance partners, including PC(USA) mission partner the National Council of Churches, were already preparing for the impact by prepositioning supplies and helping people reach emergency shelters.
Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) may be the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land anywhere in recorded history. More than 12 million people were at risk of being impacted by the storm, including many still recovering from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the country last month. Early reports indicate flash flooding, landslides, and approximately 90 percent of the infrastructure and establishments heavily damaged.
Given the anticipated intensity and the possible impact of the typhoon, the ACT Alliance Forum in the Philippines is planning to provide drinking water, sleeping materials, hygiene kits and medicines. The volume of assistance is to be determined during the needs assessment.
PDA will respond with One Great Hour of Sharing and designated funds as the assessment is complete, needs are identified, and the appeal for assistance is issued.
As the storm’s track is expected to continue beyond the Philippine archipelago, PDA and our partners will continue to monitor the storm and prepare for its impact and anticipated humanitarian response.
How you can stand in the GAP for survivors
Give. Share your financial blessings by designating gifts to DR000012-Philippines. Individuals may give through their local Presbyterian congregation, online, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
Act. Sign up to receive PDA RIN (Rapid Information Network) emails to be aware of current responses and urgent needs you can share with your congregation.
Pray. Please pray that through the response of the faith community, the people and communities impacted by Typhoon Haiyan and those offering assistance will be strengthened, have their needs met, and be reminded of the hope and compassion that are found in Christ.