SALVATION ARMY IN THE PHILIPPINES PREPARES FOR SIGNIFICANT RESPONSE TO TYPHOON 11/11/2013
Salvation Army, USA Central Territory
Jeffrey S Curnow
Local Contact: Salvation Army, Milwaukee County
Faithe Colas, Community Relations Director
(Manila, The Philippines—November 11, 2013 Updated 1:01 PM CST)—The massive devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) turned the eyes of the world towards the Philippines. In this time of unthinkable devastation, various territories and friends of The Salvation Army have joined the Philippine Territory in responding to the need.
Time is another enemy as survivors are succumbing to hunger and diseases. Violence and looting have become rampant. There are those who are losing their minds because of grief and hunger. “The Salvation Army is already responding locally to the immediate needs of the survivors on the Island of Leyte and throughout the other Islands devastated by Typhoon Yolanda” said Colonel Wayne Maxwell, the Territorial Commander. “Temporary accommodation and assistance with food and other urgent supplies is currently underway. Arrangements are being made for the transportation of food, water and medical supplies to Tacloban and for the distribution of these urgent supplies.”
“In addition to this practical support emotional and spiritual counseling are being provided. The effects of this Typhoon will be felt for months. Your financial support to this work would be sincerely appreciated.”
A team from the Territorial Headquarters in Manila will soon join our officers in the Visayas to conduct relief operations. The Army foresees a series of relief and rehabilitation programs for Tacloban and other affected towns and cities. As of this writing, the disaster team at the International Headquarters is meeting to help the Philippines.
Salvation Army in the Philippines Prepares for Significant Response to Typhoon
London, England (November 11, 2013) —Salvation Army teams in The Philippines are preparing to provide assistance to the thousands of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda). More than 10,000 people are thought to have lost their lives in the disaster, with hundreds of thousands left without homes, power or clean water. The worst-hit areas are impossible to reach by road, and many communities have no means of making contact with the rest of the country.
Lt-Colonel Bob Lee (Chief Secretary, The Philippines Territory) says it will take more than a week to determine the full extent of the damage that has been wreaked on people, infrastructure, livestock and crops. “What the government and non-governmental agencies are now struggling with,” he says, “is the accessibility of roads so that relief goods can reach the survivors and the medical attention to the wounded and sick. There is also a possibility of an outbreak of disease.”
The worst-affected area seems to be around Tacloban, the capital of the island province of Leyte, which is approximately 360 miles south-east of the Philippines’ capital, Manila. The islands of Iloilo, Palawan and Mindoro were also affected. A team from territorial headquarters is making arrangements with the Philippine Airforce to transport food parcels, water and medical supplies to Tacloban, and a Salvation Army doctor will be part of the initial response team.
The Commander of The Salvation Army in the Philippines, Colonel Wayne Maxwell reports: “We have placed an order for US $100,000 of food supplies to assist the people of Tacloban ... The reality for us here is that the need is great and we want to provide a significant response. The Island of Leyte has four corps (Salvation Army worship and community centers) and there are other islands that have experienced major levels of devastation. The task for us is immense and our cash extremely limited!”
Damaris Frick, from The Salvation Army's International Emergency Services in London, is heading to The Philippines to help with the initial response.
Lt-Colonel Lee adds: “A number of officers from Leyte were on the nearby island of Cebu when the typhoon hit. After the storm, two officers were able to hire a motorcycle and braved the road to go back to their families in Leyte, where they began to coordinate the relief work with local officials.”
He concludes: “We encourage prayer support for all those who have been devastated by this calamity.”
How to Help
The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by this storm is make a monetary contribution.
Give online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/typhoonhaiyan
Donations by check (designate “Typhoon Haiyan”) can be mailed to:
Salvation Army World Service Office
International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558
Text to give:
Text TYPHOON to 80888 and reply YES to confirm your donation*.
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About The Salvation Army in The Philippines
The first Protestant preaching of the gospel in The Philippines was undertaken by Major John Milsaps, a chaplain appointed to accompany US troops from San Francisco to Manila in July 1898. The advance of The Salvation Army in The Philippines came at the initiative of Filipinos, during the period 1933-37 they commenced meetings in Panay, Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao Islands.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.