Philippine Disaster Response Update

Date Posted: 11/18/2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan, perhaps the strongest storm ever, plowed across the Philippines on November 8. Watch and share this video on Sundays, as you prayerfully consider how you or your church can support The United Methodist Committee on Relief ‘s (UMCOR) response in the Philippines.


Typhoon Haiyan caused extensive damage, destroying about 41,000 homes, displacing at least 670,000 people, and affecting a total of 11.3 million people. United Methodists are encouraged to download and share this church bulletin insert to support UMCOR’s emergency relief efforts in the Philippines.


Tacloban suffered the greatest casualties, although estimates remain inconclusive at this time. At least 670,000 people across the country were displaced by the storm.


In the coming days, UMCOR will conduct needs assessments and will plan additional assistance, including material aid through the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network.


UMCOR approved a grant to provide emergency food, water, and water purification tablets to 7,500 people (about 1,500 families) in Tacloban City, Leyte Province, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan when it barreled across the Philippines on November 8.


To support relief and recovery in the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, please give to: International Disaster Response, Advance #982450.


If giving through your local church, please mark the memo line of your checks designating Typhoon Haiyan.