Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, had maximum sustained winds of 315 kph (195 mph) and gusts as strong as 380 kph (235 mph), officials said. That wind strength puts it well above the 252 kph (157 mph) threshold for a Category 5 hurricane, the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.

Death toll is currently estimated at 1200 and will probably climb. Over 340,000 people are displaced because of the storm.

You can donate money or donate your time from home. Here is how:

MONETARY DONATIONS

Filipino American organizations in the U.S. who are working directly with regions affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda began relief efforts.

At this time, NAFCON (National Alliance for Filipino Concerns) will assist in the direct transfer of MONETARY donations. Your donation will be sent directly to Visayas Primary Health Care Services, Inc (VPHCS), our partner organization on the ground in the Visayan region. We will also identify a grassroots partner in Central Luzon to support our communities there.

Please, make online donations securely via PayPal at http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort or make checks payable to: “St. George Fontana” and on the memo line, write: “NAFCON Bayanihan Relief” to clearly allocate it for this purpose.

You can mail them to any of the address listed here.

NAFCON Bayanihan Disaster Relief Regional Coordinators will collect your donations or mail it to our local nonprofit partner at 17895 San Bernardino Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335-6155 c/o Naida Castro. Please, include your return address with your donation. For qualifying tax-deductible donations, please, email trea@nafconusa.org for necessary documentation.

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME & COMPUTER

HELP TYPHOON YOLANDA DISASTER RECOVERY EFFORTS BY USING YOUR TIME AND COMPUTER

(Regarding below: If it ever says ‘task completed’ – that just means they’re uploading more data – this effort will be ONGOING for quite some time – so wait a half hour and check back.)

Do you want to help read tweets to find requests for help in the Philippines????? It’s easy just tedious. You don’t have to tweet or have a twitter account.

They’ve been pulled on hashtags so MOST are people just talking about Typhoon.

They’re looking for tweets like: “Trapped on roof” and similar distressed tweets.

THOUSANDS of volunteers are needed so data can be processed as fast as it comes in.

Go to this link, sign in with your FB, it has a quick ‘how to’ then you begin.
http://crowdcrafting.org/app/MM_TweetClicker/

Do as little or as much as you want. Whenever you want.

Every click helps folks!

DIRECTIONS:

You read tweet. Then click on one of the 5 choices to direct it. Then another Tweet appears.

See that hand in pic below?? Text will be in the box on top and those red buttons below are what you ‘click’. You’ll see. It’s easy but tedious.

Posted link tells about this project.

Typhoon Yolanda: UN Needs Your Help Tagging Crisis Tweets for Disaster Response:

THIS LINK is where you sign in: http://crowdcrafting.org/app/MM_TweetClicker/

Thanks everyone! Oh and PLEASE SHARE THIS to help get the word out for more volunteer ‘clickers’! THANKS!

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