Microsoft Disaster Response – Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

Molly Bull, Senior Communications, Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response


UPDATE: See our most recent post on Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

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.

Comments (52)

  1. sheryle says:

    I am donating to the salvation army and not the red cross as they don't pay the big wigs first as we all have heard and seen on t.v. and we want to make sure our money gets to the people and not to wealthy people running that program.. hope you all do the same…unless it has changed.. correct me if I am wrong.

  2. Yvonne says:

    Heifer International gives 100% of donations to the Charity.

  3. lynne says:

    that rumor has been going around for 50 yrs.  Check on Urban Legends for the truth.  I think if you had a problem at your home, Red Cross Would be there for you, not Good Will (also, a wonderful charity. Meanwhile, I'm going to donate to the Red Cross.

  4. Board of directors, Saves The World Foundation says:

    Hello, The Fundraising Foundation Saves The Worlds Philippine representatives lives in the areas who have suffered the worst by Haiyan, our female representative Ivona M. Carcedo lives in Cebu region, and her fiance Brent L. Mausisa who lived in what once was Tacloban City.

    Ivona has provided her personal story on the events from her point of view, you can read it on Saves The Worlds blog here:

    We hope that this will give you all a deeper understanding of the actual events and situation there when you read this personal story!

    Please share it with others!

    Much thanks from the board of directors in Saves The World Foundation!

  5. cristie rebiejo says:

    whats A mandatory donation A donation should be given If you can

  6. colleen says:

    It says "monetary donation" not mandatory. They mean that it is better to give money than sending things. It's faster, more efficient, helps the local economy.

  7. JAMES HANCOCK says:


  8. alma says:

    I am hoping all those monetary donations won't land on corrupt people .  I know Grace Poe a newly elected senator was the first responder by sending tons of water bottles.  She sure is an honest one. Monetary donations is much faster as long as they have a good system of disbursements of all the reliefs they need. Filipinos will rise up again with so much help from all over the world.  God Bless to those who help sincerely.

  9. RickH says:

    Money is preferred because they can order prepackaged pallets, ready for shipping, of what they need most. And they need stuff that they can ship fast, especially now, for survival.

  10. Li0 says:

    To help me get more public views on this petition all I ask is your email to be added to the list of people wanting to help, I’m not asking donations only for you to add your email and prove that you think this is important, the if you want to donate there
    are links at the bottom of the petition for you to donate in £1. Please help me promote this news I only ask for your email once and then you wont receive nothing else from us. Thank you so much.…/Aiuta_Le_Filippine_dopo_il_Typhoon_YolandaHayan_piu_di_10000_morti_e_dispersi_senza_cibo_case_o_famiglia

  11. kabayan says:

    The problem in handling disaster stricken areas of Visayas was lack of responsibility & accountability.

    Some areas don’t have a functional local government units to attend to the needs of people as they themselves were also victims. Congressmen should be tap to lead each respective districts, they should be responsible & accountable for each area’s relief operations. Tap military – give each Congressmen, a buddy military general who will oversee peace & order for each district. Those 2 key personnel should be the go-to-guy managing & integrating all required basic needs by each districts at the local level. In the national level overall responsibility lies on President & Vice-President together w/ different cabinet secretaries & higher military generals. A central command center should be in-place right after the disaster together w/ various sub-command centers. All mayors or highest available municipal official together w/ assigned PNP personnel in each locality should also set-up a command post. If there's really no more municipal official of PNP then Central Command should put in place OIC's. Command hierarchy should be followed so that all affected areas & individual will be reach w/ needed services. Central command center managed by national government should provide all requested services to each sub-command center w/c being manage by Congressmen & a military general – this sub-command center will distribute all relief to all command post manage by each Mayor & PNP personnel. International assistance, red cross & other NGO’s activities should have a direct supervision from central command center. This is to ensure that services were being given to the most needed areas & distributed fairly.

    In parallel the national government together w/ affected provinces governors should start working on rehabilitation activities, starting w/ most critical infrastructure like airport, sea ports, roads & bridges, energy restoration, communication, water supply, food ware houses, hospitals, shelters & schools. Division of labors is needed w/c should be done simultaneously and w/ proper coordination to all stake holders. Generate temporary jobs for all affected individual – “a cash for work program” is a very good start and provide them w/ decent salary. Set time line – target specific dates of completion for all projects is very important. Budget wise – the country have money & more pledges were coming for responsible disposal.

    Lastly don’t let our politicians specially Senators to meddle w/ the issue of handling projects w/c involve government funds. If Senators want to help then they should do it on they own, from they own pocket & huge bank accounts. As we all know they are only good building backyard basketball courts & waiting sheds !!!

    Basta gusto ko happy ka, happy kayo, happy tayo, di ba Sexy & Pogi?

  12. strong002 says:

    We can spend countless hours discussing the problems of the past or what issues may coming up in the future on how the donations made will be handled. In the end we all have a civic responsibility to do what we can to make a difference. I am donating based
    on my faith in human kindness and the desire to be part of the solution.

    If by some chance only 50% of the funds make it to the little girl who just lost her whole family then at least she got 50%. The other alternative is to not donate and 100% of 0 is 0.

    I challenge everyone of you to make a donation today and be part of the difference. Be the solution not the discussion….…/index.jsp;jsessionid=37CB443BE77B32D4021152991AF677E9

  13. Tim says:

    Microsoft, thank you, we need you.  your comment "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" is comforting.

    I moved to the Philippines 10 years ago and have gone through many Typhoons and Hurricanes back to Camille.  In fact 3 weeks before Haiyan, we were the epicenter in the Philippines for terrible flooding and landslides and were a nightly feature on the National news, but we never thought 3 weeks later we would consider ourselves lucky and let off easy.

    Hiayan move us to action. Working in the IT industry, I put together a project, currently on Indiegogo in the technology category titled "Where is My Family" (…/5276033).  Our project is to develop a facial recognition websource (my term: web based resource) which acts as a service to match/identify those alive, dead or missing with family after a major disaster.  First responders capture images and upload them to the database and worried families, either on scene, somewhere in the chaos or elsewhere nationally or globally can submit images of family and friends and our non-profit service makes the matches and notifies those affected.  We envision the Red Cross as the ideal candidates for this re-purposed technology as well as having camera systems setup in tent cities, hospitals and evacuation centers.

    We could use your support with funding or with technology, really whatever you would like to contribute.  I take you at your word as quoted above and hope to hear from you to help move this dearly needed resource to existence before the next mega disaster.  Your good people Microsoft.  I only hope you read our comments and respond.


    Tim Boersma

    Where is My Family – Project Founder/developer

    Philippines 639052809818

    U.S. 209-898-7336

    email on indiegogo campaign page

  14. alma says:

    ciank gi mna kbrx kak alma ckrng nie

  15. the little people says:

    "We extend our heartfelt condolences to the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, and we will continue to provide xxxxxxxx and information, and include updates as frequently as possible."  last update 16 days ago

    We will let the Red Cross do all the work, but we will provide a server as our contribution.  China has nothing on these guys.

  16. Julius says:

    hi Guys!

    If want to give help directly to Typhoon Affected Families…

    this are list of some of my neighbors.

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  18. Cora Woodhard says:

    Please Watch, like and share!

  19. Cora Woodhard says:

    Please Watch, like and share!

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  22. Jan Lawrence F. San Pedro says:

    Rainbow Marky, Typhoon Yolanda, Tatabi si Marky, ZJ

  23. Jan Lawrence F. San Pedro says:

    Marky amoy tae ni ZJ

  24. Jan Lawrence F. San Pedro says:

    Download the song on iTunes (…) now. Proceeds of the song and album downloads from iTunes will go to support the Prudence Foundation’s Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan recovery

    ‘Charity’ is part of "Season One" of the animated Cha-Ching music videos. It highlights the three ways to Donate – – giving time/talent, money and goods — to help help others. Arnel Pineda recorded this duet with Chairity in a "power ballad" arrangement showcasing
    his signature soaring rock vocals.

    Arnel Pineda’s version of the Charity song is featured in a three-minute music video with all new animation sequences featuring the global relief efforts following the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. The music video aims to introduce children to
    real-life situations in which the money-smart value of donating may be practiced. Pineda also appears in the new episode as an animated character. This song/video hopes to broaden the awareness of issues that we need to respond to and involves even the youngest
    members of our society.

    Arnel Pineda became the lead singer of Journey in 2007. He has his own charitable organization, the Arnel Pineda Foundation Inc. (APFI) and recently recorded the single "Listen With Your Heart" with other famed Filipino music artists as a tribute to the victims
    of super typhoon Yolanda and a gesture of thanks for the aid extended by over 50 countries in the aftermath of the natural disaster.

    Lead vocals: Arnel Pineda
    Producer: Bert de Leon
    Vocals: Anna Jomero
    Guitar: Monet Cajipe
    Keyboards: Edgar Mendoza
    Sound engineer and bass guitar: Jan Sanchez

    enter this:

  25. Jan Lawrence F. San Pedro says:

    Typhoon Haiyan at peak intensity on November 7
    Formed November 3, 2013
    Dissipated November 11, 2013
    Highest winds 10-minute sustained:
    230 km/h (145 mph)
    1-minute sustained:
    315 km/h (195 mph)
    Lowest pressure 895 mbar (hPa); 26.43 inHg
    Fatalities 6,340 confirmed, 1,061 missing
    Damage $2.86 billion (2013 USD)
    (Preliminary total)
    Areas affected

    Southern China

  26. Jan Lawrence F. San Pedro says:

    The disaster before the typhoon haiyan:

    Date October 15, 2013
    Origin time 0:12:32 UTC
    8:12:32 PST[1]
    Duration 34 seconds[2]
    Magnitude Mw 7.2
    Depth 12.0 km (7.5 mi)[1]
    Epicenter 9.880°N 124.117°ECoordinates: 9.880°N 124.117°E[3]
    Type Tectonic[1]
    Countries or regions Philippines
    Max. intensity Intensity VII (Bohol and Cebu provinces)[1]

    Cebu: Aloguinsan, Argao, Boljoon[4]
    Bohol: Alicia, Antequera, Balilihan, Bilar, Carmen, Clarin, Corella, Cortes, Danao, Dimiao, Lila, Loboc, Loon[4][5]

    Aftershocks 4,465 (122 felt) (as of December 31, 2013)
    Casualties 222 dead; 8 missing; 976 injured[4]

  27. fred says:

    I don’t like to donate to charity organisations,because the board of directors of those organisations are like politicians and consume most of the money with big salaries and bonusses. It’s better to help direct people you know,then you have the warranty
    that 100% of your donation will come to the right people. All the attention is going to Tacloban and in many surrounding villages people got not even a bottle of water. Yolanda has blown the roof from the house of the parents of my wife,who live in Layog,near
    to Campocpoc-Leyte. I’ve sent them money to repair the roof and other damage. I’ve been last week in Tacloban and the situation is after a six months still a dissaster,because no-one seems to take the lead to put people there at work,to clean up the mess.
    They have to clean up the mess,to have space to rebuild the city. I’ve understand,that the total amount of donations is

    100 billion peso,where is all that money,because it’s not visible in Tacloban that they have spend much.

  28. Floyd Castro says:

    I was in Tacloban two weeks ago. They still need help … please don’t stop helping. Our team partnered with NCCP/ ACT Alliance during our visit. They are helping families in Jinamoc Island in Basey, Samar rebuild their homes.

    Thank you very much for your concern.


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  33. Jovilyn19 says:

    Please help us build our home.

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  37. Samuel E. Warren Jr. says:

    Not to burst anyone’s bubble at Microsoft, but sometimes it seems the aid effort drives right past you. I am a retired United States Air Force Public Affairs NCO. My family and I live at Tanauan, Barangay Baras, Leyte, Republic of the Philippines — we
    are one of the families at "Ground Zero" for Super Typhoon Yolanda. Everyday I watched the Catholic Relief Services people drive past us. I never saw anyone from CARE drive down the barangay road, which passes in front of my house. We lost the roof and three
    walls to the structure. Besides my wife, there are the kids — a boy and two girls. A representative from Samaritan’s Purse did stop and talk to my wife and took down details. When the Department Of Social Welfare Development representative was at the barangay
    hall, I went filled out the paperwork and answered her questions. The irony is when I handed her the paperwork, she noticed my name and country of origin. I’ll never forget her response,"You’re an American. We hope that you will share your blessings with us."
    The irony is We were hit almost as hard as our neighbors, but, it seems since I am an American, perhaps, I am not suppose to feel the discomfort. My wife heard similar remarks from neighbors. She is a Filipina. She got upset and replied, "Super Typhoon Yolanda
    did not stop and check for passports and visas before it struck. We got hit as hard as everyone else. It is about nine months, now, since Yolanda. The USAID tarp that we got from the US Army deployed to the Tacloban City airport is still serving as the roof.
    There is a local carpenter, who works on the roof as he can. We still don’t have the three walls, but I’m certain Uncle Sam’s military pension will help to get the concrete and blocks to build the walls. Perhaps, with future contributions to CARE, the American
    Red Cross, the International Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services and the other humanitarian organizations Microsoft Officials would be willing to point out that the contribution is intended to help "Everyone", regardless of their nationality, who was affected
    by the disaster. Yolanda’s rain ruined my US Dell Windows 7 laptop; fortunately my Philippines NEO Windows 8 laptop is still working to keep us on line with the Internet and the US. Since I have used Windows 3.0, Windows Ninety Five, Windows XP, Windows 2000,
    Windows Vista, as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8, I just wanted Microsoft to be aware that the financial contributions to these organizations might not always reach the people who could use and appreciate the help. Thanks for your time. Sam The American

  38. Juan says:

    Please give your donations directly to the victims. Not with the help of barangay officials.

  39. Abell's says:

    pengen banyak temen,met sore semua

  40. bheng says:

    i will for them i know that God will be there, if i have much money i will give them a donation. but one thing is to pray.

  41. bheng says:

    i will for them i know that God will be there, if i have much money i will give them a donation. but one thing is to pray.

  42. jovyschwab says:

    Ayaw magdwnloud

  43. keysal says:

    Pie kabare mas bro

  44. mardiyatno says:

    Aktifkan semua app dan semua konten .semua pengaturan pake otomatis krn aku awam soal hp

  45. mardiyatno says:

    Aku tak bs ramudeng soal pengaturan hp lumiaku

  46. lucu moce says: