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Philippines Typhoon Relief

Philippines Typhoon

An aerial view shows damaged houses on a coastal community after Typhoon Haiyan hit Iloilo province in the central Philippines. One of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall devastated the archipelago. Raul Banias / For Reuters

The hearts and thoughts of the NYU community are with the people of the Philippines as they confront the devastation caused by the November 8, 2013 typhoon, cope with its heart-breaking human toll, and struggle with ongoing after effects.

We know that many in our community wish to help. The Division of Student Affair’s Center for Student Activities, Leadership, and Service has established this web page with links to information resources and reputable charities and a bulletin board for posting programs and activities in response to the disaster.

For those who may be personally affected by the tragic events in the Philippines please remember that the Wellness Exchange is available to you 24/7 at 212.443.9999 or at wellness.exchange@nyu.edu; the Wellness Exchange can connect you to the full range of University services.

For NYU students and scholars from the Philippines, there are additional resources available at the Office of Global Services.

The US Embassy has established the Typhoon Haiyan Response Call Center, offering a 24-hour call center that handles all inquiries regarding US citizens affected. Individuals in the U.S. can contact the Call Center at 888-407-4747 from the U.S. and 202-501-4444 from outside the U.S. As communications are re-established, the consular section will work to reach out to U.S. citizens to check their status.

Google is assisting in helping victims touch base with friends and loved ones. Its People Finder allows users to look for victims or post information about people. It works in six languages.

Google Crisis Response provides local Philippines emergency numbers, phone numbers to consult about missing persons, links to make donations, recent alerts, disaster message boards, information about shelters, blackout information, interactive maps, and more.

Major disaster relief organizations are appealing for monetary donations at this time through their web sites or special Twitter accounts you can text. This gives the organizations immediate access to your monetary donation during this critical time.

Donations via checks are also helpful. Major organizations on the ground in the Philippines such as UNICEF and the Red Cross have access to great stockpiles of supplies, and at this time can use your monetary donations to purchase more and cover transportation costs. In-kind donations of goods and commodities are generally not being accepted by these organizations. Your donated dollars give them the power to purchase in bulk at extremely lower prices then the cost of in-kind donations that you might make. Monetary donations to larger organizations already on the ground in the Phillipines assure a speeder delivery of the emergency supplies since these groups have an infrastructure for receiving and distributing supplies and are better prepared to manage the challenges of moving supplies where needed in the harsh environment there. Please consider a monetary donation to any of the organizations listed on the right under "Ways To Give".

*There's a much higher shipping cost for supplies (food, water and clothes, etc.) and it's easier for disaster organizations to get cash via web sites and social networking media and use it as they need to.

**Beware of unfamiliar organizations that may suddenly appear on web sites or contact you by email for a donation. While some will be legitimate, others may not.

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