Molly Bull, Senior Communications, Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response
We extend our sympathies to the many people who have been impacted by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda which made landfall in the Philippines on November 8 at a high Category 5, making it the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2013. The typhoon caused significant wind and storm surge damage to communities in its path.
We would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to the many first responders on the ground helping with relief efforts. Those who wish to offer support can do so by supporting the nonprofit organizations that are providing aid to those impacted:
A Virtual Aid Drive has been set up to help to procure items needed within the Philippines, and will help support the local economy and ensure that goods are delivered in the timeliest manner to people in need. Through this site you can direct your donation to one of the many organizations serving the communities affected by the typhoon including: CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, World Food Programme, and more.
The American Red Cross is deploying resources to assist the local chapters in their response and have launched an appeal for monetary donations. You can make a monetary donation here.
For information on the safety of family and friends you can access the ICRC’s Family links.
As part of our ongoing commitment to working with local government, nonprofit and humanitarian relief partners, we will continue to assess how technology can help with relief efforts. Microsoft is also working with customers and partners to determine technology and services support needed to help with business and infrastructure challenges.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, and we will continue to provide support and information, and include updates as frequently as possible.