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.
Searching for Friends and Family Members
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
How You Can Help Typhoon Victims
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 :)