Red Cross offering assistance for Philippine typhoon victims

DECATUR—A super storm being tracked all week by the National Weather Service struck the Philippines this morning.  The storm, labeled a ‘super-typhoon’ by the NWS, carried winds up to 225 miles an hour and put a majority of the country under severe storm watch.
President Benigno Aquino III says up to 10 million people in the country could be affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
The Red Cross has already begun their efforts to lend a hand.  For general information on how to get involved or offer assistance, click here.
Red Cross Executive Director Carl Baker says that if you’re looking for a family member or friend who is a US citizen; call the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747.  Baker says that the line is often busy during the first days after a major disaster so you may have some delays in getting through.
If the people you are trying to contact are not US citizens; you can send an email to, or fax them an official inquiry form at Restoring Family Links: (704) 943-7394
The inquiry form can be found by clicking here.
After clicking the link, follow these instructions:
Be sure to include:
  • The full name, date of birth, address or location, home and cell numbers of the sought person.
  • Include the last date of contact (question 4). Inquiries will only be accepted for relatives who have been in contact within the past 12 months.
  • Include any special vulnerability on behalf of the sought person (provide these details in question 5)
  • Answer all of the questions on the form. If an answer is unknown, please designate "unknown." 
  • Be sure to include the chapter name and address and the caseworker's name and phone number at the end of the form.

After roaring across the Philippines, Haiyan is expected to move into the South China Sea and eventually hit Vietnam and Laos over the weekend, still as a typhoon.