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Other Ways To Contact Loved Ones Or Help Those Victimized by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda In The Philippines

taken from the National Geographic website
This is totally irrelevant on my blog, but I personally feel the urge to use my site to at least share some bits of information regarding the recent Typhoon Haiyan which caused a major havoc at the central part of the Philippines, particularly those hit by the eye of the storm in the Southern Luzon and Visayas areas.

It's sad to know the fact that some of our countrymen have undergone this very stressful situation of having their homes wrecked, with nothing left. No shelter, food, and water to feed themselves and their children. A vast trauma that has spread all throughout their lands like a virus that cannot be treated. Their morals devalued and scorned. And a memory that will scar them through life.

Pictures (like this collection of photos from Buzzfeed), videos, situations showing all the devastation and the hardships that our fellow Filipinos have been going through now is more than heartbreaking. It's scary, even, since everyone out there is now on survival mode. Lives are at stake and we hope that we won't lose more than we already had. It is feared that AT LEAST 10,000 lives have already been damaged. It's tragic considering that the same areas in our country have just experienced an earthquake which they haven't even recovered from.

Yet, Filipinos are proud to say that even the greatest storm recorded in the world will not weather us. We may have shed some tears, but we will not stop helping each other. I have already seen a lot of initiatives from the media to get in touch with those random individuals who wanted to help our fellowmen. Filipinos are spread all over the world, but we still belong to one nation. 

As far as solutions go, there is now other way but to accept the wrath and move on. And let me share with you some ways to help based on the information that I have gathered from some friends of mine. Hope you guys can choose one and offer us your help in any way that you can.

How to contact your family / loved ones stricken by Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda

Viber. You can check out Viber's initiative to provide you with free calls on landlines in various countries (click here for the link). I know, electricity is still a problem in the affected areas, but just in case, you  may want to check the list on their website. Let your relatives know that you are okay and vice versa.

taken from the Anna Maris Igpit,
founder-communications as Oplan Bangon Bohol
and GMA Regional News TV Host

Using the right hashtags on Twitter. The power of social media can also take you to greater heights in terms of reaching your help to others, and we can help by using these proper hashtags related with the recent tragedies that were experienced in our country. 

You can send your donations at University of the Philippines - Manila. The Sigma Kappa Pi Fraternity and Sigma Delta Pi Sorority is currently accepting your donations for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda. Feel free to send them at any drop off point indicated above. You may also call the representatives for other questions or inquiries as well.

screenshot taken from the Sagip Kapamilya website
ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya. Check out their website on this link to donate cash, goods and medicine. You can also contact them if you want to volunteer with the repacking of relief goods to be sent to victims of both the recent earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda.

screenshot taken from the Google Person Finder website
Google Person Finder for Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda. Check out Google's initiative on how you can find your loved ones or share information about them using this tool (click here)

Official list of casualties from Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda. This is the official gazette of our local government and you can check here for the following list of deceased, injured and missing persons, all affected by the said typhoon.

Other options for those living outside the Philippines. Just in case you haven't got access to CNN yet, you can check out this article on various institutions who are extending their assistance for those who are affected by Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda. 

If you have any suggestions or references that you can share with us, please do so using the comment field below. Thank you.

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