By now, you should be well aware of what’s going on in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan. Long story short, it’s pretty horrible.
If you are looking for friends or family that are from the US:
The Office of Overseas Citizens Services (OCS) is:
- A division of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) in the U.S. Department of State (DOS)
- Responsible for the welfare and whereabouts of American citizens traveling and living abroad
- Consists of three offices:
Contact OCS if you need help with an emergency or a non-emergency situation affecting Americans abroad:
- U.S./Canada: Call 1-888-407-4747
- Abroad: Call 1-202-501-4444
- Fax: Call 1-202-736-9133
- Mail: Department of State
Overseas Citizens Services
2201 C Street NW
SA-29, 4th Floor
Washington DC 20520
Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, except federal holidays.
Call 1-202-647-4000 and request to speak with the OCS duty officer.
Other resources for searching for people:
Google has launched a person finder for survivors where family can search for information on a loved one. www.google.org/personfinder/2013-yolanda
Philippine Red Cross is providing a tracking service for family members looking for missing people.
Email: [email protected]
Landline: 5170000 loc. 126, 5270867
If you would like to help in some way, small or large, I’m sure it would be most appreciated.
World Food Program: Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or visit www.wfpusa.org to give online.
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org
Americares.org: www.americares.org – providing medical aid including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers.
World Vision: www.worldvision.org – providing food, water and hygiene kits.
Salvation Army: Americans can text TYPHOON to 80888 to donate $10 or give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org
If you want me to add any other resources, just let me know. It’s not as if this page gets a lot of traffic, but I’ll add it :)