Super Typhoon Haiyan

A Path of Devastation in the Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan has left a path of devastation in the Philippines. With wind speeds of up to 235 miles per hour, the typhoon is the worst in the modern history of the country, according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Current reports suggest there may be as many as 10,000 deaths (primarily in Tacloban, coastal capital of Leyte province, where countless people drowned in a tsunami-like wall of seawater), with many more casualties yet to be assessed. Thousands of homes and schools — along with many hospitals — were caught in the path of destruction and either damaged or destroyed.

More than 650,000 people have been displaced by the disaster, with many having no access to food, water or medicine, the U.N. reports. The international community is rallying to respond, with teams already on the ground from the U.N., local and international nongovernmental organizations, and disaster experts from the U.S. and the European community.

To our exceptional colleagues, their patients, families and friends impacted by the catastrophic events caused by this terrible event, please accept our heartfelt prayers. Know that you are in our thoughts.

We encourage you to follow the links below to find out how you can support relief efforts.

Volunteer and Support

American Nurses Foundation

The American Nurses Foundation, in partnership with the Philippine Nurses Association of America, is currently accepting donations to provide aid and assistance for the Filipino people directly affected by the typhoon.

National Nurses United

National Nurses United through its Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) is reaching out to support affected Philippine communities and the local caregivers who are on the front lines of the response to Super Typhoon Haiyan.

  1. Volunteer to help If you are willing to respond to the tragic situation in the Philippines, please sign up here and provide information on your availability for the next few weeks.
  2. Contribute to the RNRN fund established to support disaster relief services.
  3. To donate by mail:
    • Make checks payable to CNF/RNRN and mail them to: CNF/RNRN, 2000 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612.
  4. Share this PDF flier with RNs.

Philippine Red Cross

The Philippine Red Cross is accepting donations and coordinating disaster relief on the ground throughout much of the central Philippines. The organization is posting updates on Facebook and Twitter.

World Food Program

The World Food Program, which provides emergency food aid to families and children, is accepting donations online and through PayPal.

Save the Children

Save the Children is accepting donations online to respond to the needs of children and families. The group says that 10 percent of each donation will be set aside to help prepare for future emergencies.