The Philippines are clearly experiencing a disaster of epic proportions. As Californians, we have had our share of natural disasters, and we understand how horrific the cost can be—not just in dollars and cents, but in human terms.
The photos and news reports have shown the devastation. Lives ended. Families separated. Homes, businesses and vital infrastructure washed away.
As with other recent massive disasters in Haiti and Japan, the people of California have been eager to respond. California has some of the finest emergency response and rescue personnel in the world. They are in contact with their federal counterparts to determine what aid might be necessary in that regard.
In the meantime, individual Californians have been asking how they can help. As such, several organizations, here in America and on the ground in the Philippines, are set up to offer aid, and can use your generous support.
To that end, please consider visiting the following resources to see how you can help.
Many people locally are having difficulty locating their relatives in the Philippines, and are unsure of where to turn to check in on them. To that end, if you or someone you know is in this situation, please refer to Restoring Family Links, from the International and National Red Cross.