Typhoon Haiyan: How you can help

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Several international aid agencies are in the Philippines delivering food, water and shelter to hundreds of thousands of displaced people after Typhoon Haiyan devastated cities along the coast.

While this list is not meant to be comprehensive, it offers you some ideas if you would like to help, or learn more about what's being done.

Before giving to any charity, it's recommended that you research how that charity spends your donation. What percentage goes directly to aid as opposed to fundraising? Charity Navigator is a good place to start.

WTHR Cares - WTHR Cares has launched a community-wide campaign to aid victims of disasters in times of need. When disasters strike and people are suffering, WTHR Cares mobilizes the resources of our partners, St. Vincent Health, Kroger, Forum Credit Union and the Red Cross, to stage a disaster relief drive to help victims. Right now you can donate through this page to help survivors of the Philllipines typhoon.

Red Cross - The typhoon affected 4.3 million people across 36 provinces. Philippine Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting significant damage and a growing death toll, while the full extent of the devastation continues to unfold. Currently, 1,200 evacuation centers are housing more than 330,000 people left homeless by the storm.

Doctors Without Borders - Emergency teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived in Cebu, the Philippines, on Nov. 9. They have not yet been able to assess the full extent of the needs as access to the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan is extremely difficult. Tacloban airport has been destroyed, many of the roads are blocked and it is almost impossible to make telephone calls. These conditions will inevitably hamper the needs assessment and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Oxfam America - Oxfam aid teams are on the ground in the Philippines and reporting urgent needs of food, clean water, medicine and shelter. Communication lines between some provinces are cut and many areas are experiencing total black outs. Thousands are feared dead, and local emergency food stocks are dwindling.

Save the Children - Super Typhoon Haiyan is affecting children and families in the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam. In response, Save the Children is mounting disaster relief efforts to help children and families with emergency assistance during this difficult time. We need your generous gift to support our efforts. Your support will help us protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families. Ten percent of your contribution will be used to help us prepare for the next emergency. Nobody knows when the next disaster will strike, but your support helps Save the Children provide assistance in the critical first hours and days of an emergency when children need us most.

UNICEF - Children are suffering in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan—the year's most powerful tropical storm—is the latest natural disaster to strike a country already reeling from monsoon flooding and a massive earthquake. Children need shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines.  Use this form to make a secure, tax-deductible donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, supporting UNICEF's emergency response in the Philippines: $50, $100, $250, $500 or any amount you can give will help save kids' lives.

Convoy of Hope - Following one of the most powerful storms in recent history, thousands of families in the Philippines are suffering, have been displaced and need help. Convoy of Hope has teams and aid on the ground in the Philippines ready to help those suffering from Super Typhoon Haiyan. Our children's feeding initiative serves more than 20,000 children in the Philippines and as a result, four containers of food and supplies were already en route and will be available as needed.

Global Giving - This fund will support disaster recovery and relief efforts in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, as well as in any other areas the storm ends up reaching. The storm system is forecast to move across the South China Sea towards Vietnam and Laos. Initial funds will help survivors and victims get necessary supplies including food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Major disasters always require a huge amount of support to provide both immediate relief and long-term recovery. Organizations that are deeply-rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. Once recovery work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts by those types of organizations. Follow the "reports" tab for updates about how the fund is disbursed and put to work