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AFP Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page (Updated Nov. 20, 2013)

In 2010, Haiti was hit by a massive earthquake. In response to the critical and overwhelming challenges that the country faced, AFP put together this Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page. This page is not meant to be comprehensive, but simply an easy way that members can keep up to date with ongoing and recent disaster relief efforts. We know that we have many members who work for organizations involved in the relief efforts. If you don't see a resource or organization listed here and would like it posted, please email the AFP Webmaster ( And please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog for all relief efforts and developments worldwide.

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) - November 2013
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Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) is one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. Haiyan originated as an area of low pressure east-southeast of Pohnpei in the western Pacific Ocean on November 2. With an expanding and deepening central dense overcast and clear eye visible on satellite, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) upgraded Haiyan to a super typhoon—a typhoon in which maximum sustained winds attain or exceed 240 km/h (150 mph)—early on November 6. After entering PAGASA's region of responsibility, the JTWC upgraded Haiyan to a Category 5 equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. The eye of Haiyan passed over the northern portion of Palau, where extensive wind damage was observed. On November 7, the JTWC estimated the system's one-minute sustained winds to 315 km/h (195 mph), unofficially making Haiyan the fourth most intense tropical cyclone ever observed. Several hours later, the eye of the cyclone made its first landfall in the Philippines at Guiuan, making Haiyan the strongest tropical cyclone to make a landfall on record. Gradually weakening, the storm made five additional landfalls in the country before emerging over the South China Sea. Turning northwestward, the typhoon eventually struck northern Vietnam as a severe tropical storm on November 10. Haiyan was last noted as a tropical depression by the JMA the following day.The cyclone caused widespread devastation in the Philippines, particularly on Samar Island and Leyte, where at least 10,000 people were feared to have died in the city of Tacloban alone. To stay on top of this developing story, please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog on Typhoon Haiyan.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at


• Philippines Relief Hits $78.2 Million; Supplies Getting Through
Top Philippines Relief Charities, According To Charity Navigator
• Picking the Best Charity for Typhoon Haiyan Relief
• Amphibious ships to replace carrier helping with Philippines disaster
• Disaster fund too rigid to offer timely help in Philippines, say charities

Typhoon Haiyan: Hundreds of unidentified victims buried in mass graves
Typhoon Haiyan: A choice to either 'distribute food or collect bodies'
Aid struggles to reach Typhoon Haiyan survivors
Philippines sifting through horror in Typhoon Haiyan
• Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines destruction 'absolute bedlam'

Typhoon Haiyan slams into northern Vietnam
Aid efforts begin after typhoon Haiyan kills 10,000 in Philippines
Official: Over 10,000 feared dead in Typhoon Haiyan
• Filipino Americans across nation aid in typhoon recovery effort
• Typhoon Haiyan leaves thousands dead as it rumbles on towards Vietnam

Donation Support/Efforts:

How to help: Organizations offering relief to Typhoon Haiyan survivors
United Way Worldwide is among the agencies collecting donations for recovery efforts taking place in the Philippines. The public can donate online to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Rebuilding Fund.
The Philippine Red Cross said it has mobilized teams on the ground to help with rescue and relief operations
The American Red Cross has launched a family tracing service among other aid operations.
UNICEF is taking donations to help provide children with shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines.
World Food Programme, a United Nations organization, said it will be sending meals to those affected and working with local authorities on restoring communications. Text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10.
Save the Children is also mounting disaster relief efforts to help children and families in the region with emergency assistance.
World Vision said will provide food and water to those in evacuation shelters.
Habitat for Humanity plans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses.
Operation USA will allocate donations directly to relief and recovery efforts.
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) has created a disaster relief fund for victims in the Philippines.
CARE's emergency response teams are coordinating with local partners in the Philippines to provide food, water, shelter and health care for those in need. Their teams in Vietnam are preparing for the potential need there as Typhoon Haiyan continues its devastation.
Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S., is on the ground helping with water purification, shelter materials and essential living supplies.
Convoy of Hope's Global Disaster Response Team has shipping containers full of food and supplies on the way to the Philippines.
Mercy Corps is preparing to deliver food, water, temporary shelter and other basic supplies to devastated areas throughout the Philippines.
Oxfam America aid teams are on the ground in northern Cebu, northern and eastern Samar and Leyte, in the Eastern Visayas region in the Philippines. They're working to provide immediate access to water and sanitation materials.
International Medical Corps has pre-positioned medical supplies and their team is on the ground coordinating with their partners in the Philippines to distribute and provide medical aid.
Americares has an emergency shipment on the way to the Philippines with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers
Lutheran World Relief has a dedicated page to Typhoon Haiyan.

Colorado Floods - September 2013
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The 2013 Colorado floods are a natural disaster occurring in the U. S. state of Colorado. During the week starting on 9 September, a slow-moving cold front stalled over Colorado, clashing with warm humid monsoonal air from the south. This resulted in rain and flooding along Colorado's Front Range from Colorado Springs north to Fort Collins. The situation intensified on 11 and 12 September. Boulder County was worst hit, with up to 18 inches of rain recorded by September 15. At least five deaths were attributed to the flooding, and evacuations took place in many low lying areas. The town of Lyons in Boulder County was isolated by the flooding of the St. Vrain Creek, and several earth dams along the Front Range burst or were over-topped. On Thursday, September 12th, Boulder Creek was reported to have exceeded 5,000 cubic feet of water per second. Boulder Creek regularly flows around 150-200 cubic feet per second. This caused serious damage to buildings along the creek and the creek path such as Boulder High School. As of 14 September, the death toll had reached five and more than 500 were unaccounted for, but not necessarily considered missing. Nearly 19,000 homes are damaged or destroyed. On September 15, 2013, the White House announced that President Barack Obama had declared a major disaster in Colorado, which makes federal aid available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Boulder County. To stay on top of this developing story, please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog on the Colorado Floods.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at


• Colorado flooding worsens, forces thousands more to flee 
• President Obama Signs Colorado Emergency Declaration

Donation Support/Efforts:

• Red Cross Responds To Floods
• Colorado floods relief: How to help victims, those affected

Alberta Floods - June 2013
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In June 2013, Alberta, Canada, experienced heavy rainfall that triggered catastrophic flooding described by the provincial government as the worst in Alberta's history. Areas along the Bow, Elbow, Highwood, Red Deer, Sheep, Little Bow, and South Saskatchewan rivers and their tributaries were particularly affected. A total of 27 local states of emergency were declared and 28 emergency operations centres were activated as water levels rose and numerous communities were placed under evacuation orders. Four people were confirmed dead as a direct result of the flooding and over 100,000 people were displaced throughout the region. Some 2,200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) troops were deployed to help in flooded areas. Preliminary estimates suggest damage from the flood could be between C$3–5 billion. Receding waters gave way to a mammoth cleanup of affected areas.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at

Donation/Support Efforts:

• Canadian Red Cross – The Canadian Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities and is assisting with searching for missing relatives on the Red Cross Safe & Well’s site. To donate easily and quickly via mobile, text REDCROSS to 90999 and you will be prompted to reply YES for an automatic donation of $10. The Red Cross is requesting cash donations only.
• TELUS – A $5 donation can be made by TELUS customers to the Red Cross by texting 30333 and 4664 for Rogers customers.
• Salvation Army – Donate to the Salvation Army Flood Relief Plan by visiting their website.
• Calgary YWCA
– The Calgary YWCA is asking for financial donations after their facility was hit hard by flood waters. You can donate here.
• Calgary Clean Up Facebook – Volunteers looking to help Calgary with clean up efforts can lean more on the Calgary Clean Up Facebook page.
• Bow Valley and Region - Community Clean Up Effort Facebook – Canmore, Banff and Bow Vallery residents can volunteer to clean up on the Bow Valley and Region - Community Clean Up Effort Facebook page.


• Alberta Announces $1 Billion in Funding for Flood Recovery
• Efforts Turn to Cleanup and Recovery After Alberta Flood Waters Recede
• Photos: Alberta Floods and the Damage Done
• Complete coverage: Flooding in Alberta


Oklahoma Tornadoes - May 2013
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On May 20, during an already dangerous tornado season, a huge tornado touched down in the suburbs of Oklahoma City, cutting a swath of destruction two miles wide and more than 20 miles long. Relief efforts are already underway, finding survivors and beginning the cleanup process, even as more storms are expected in the coming days.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at

Donation/Support Efforts:

• American Red Cross – The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities and is assisting with searching for missing relatives on the Red Cross Safe & Well’s site. To donate easily and quickly via mobile, text REDCROSS to 90999 and you will be prompted to reply YES for an automatic donation of $10. The Red Cross is requesting cash donations only.
• Salvation Army – The Salvation Army has organized efforts to send mobile kitchens to hard-hit areas in central Oklahoma and South Oklahoma City, serving meals to 2,500 people a day. Supporters can donate online via the organizations website, or text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via mobile device.
• Feeding America – Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need in Oklahoma, and plan to set up additional emergency food and supply distribution sites as they are needed. You can donate online here.
• Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief – The Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief will provide tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters—clothing is not needed. Monetary donations are requested—for more information and to donate, visit their website.
• United Way of Central Oklahoma – The United Way of Central Oklahomaactivated a disaster relief fund on May 21 so individuals could specifically donate to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts. Financial contributions are appreciated—you can give online here.
• Operation USA – Operation USA is readying essential material and aid—emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies—to help in Oklahoma’s community health organization and to help schools recover. You can donate online here, or via mobile by texting the word AID to 50555 ($10 will be added to your mobile bill).
• Convoy of Hope – Convoy of Hope is working to get food and water to those after the destruction has been cleared and the needs of Moore, Okla. have been assessed. You can donate here, or via crowd-sourcing method through HopeMob.
• Direct Relief – Direct Relief is preparing an emergency shipment of medical and personal hygiene items to help support the efforts in Oklahoma. They have received requests for emergency supplies, personal care and protection items—to donate, visit their website.
• – is creating a special online fund to collect donations for the teachers and schools of Moore, Okla., in the efforts to rebuild. will work directly with the teachers of Moore to assess what they need in order to rebuild—from clothing for students to first-aid kits. To donate, visit their website.
• Samaritan’s Purse International Relief – Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes and equips volunteers to aid the victims. They are asking for volunteers to help with their response to the tornadoes in Moore and Shawnee, Okla. You can also donate on their website.
• Feed the Children – Feed the Children has mobilized and is sending supplies to families and children in need in Oklahoma. You can help their efforts by making a monetary donation through their website.
• Oklahoma Blood Institute – The Oklahoma Blood Institute is working to provide the injured with the blood they need. As the injured number goes up, so does the need for blood. The OBI team is specifically seeking O-negative and Rh-negative blood types. If you are local in Oklahoma you can donate here. Outside of the immediate area, please donate to your local blood bank to help replenish the national supply.
• The Humane Society of Central Oklahoma – The Oklahoma Humane Society is working with the city of Moore to assess and shelter animals affected by the storms. They are asking for monetary donations to help their efforts and will also update their page with volunteer and in-kind donations as they get a better grasp on the need for supplies, food and medical assistance. They are currently seeking towels, paper towels, bleach, gloves and crates. For updates and to make a donation, visit their website.
• Operation Homefront Oklahoma/Arkansas – Military families in need of emergency financial or other assistance due to the tornado are urged to contact the organization at 580-580-0772 or online at Those who would like to make a donation or donate supplies can find out more here.
• All Hands Volunteers is actively engaged in projects in the Moore, OK area as well as Staten and Long Islands, NY (Hurricane Sandy) - find out more here.
• Help Moore Rebuild is a non-profit agency partnered with JourneyChurch to provide long-term recovery and rebuilding systems to Moore, OK - learn more here
• Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storyteller is working with the state of Oklahoma Indian Education office and  local school districts in Little Axe, Shawnee, Newcastle, Luther, Moore, Harrah, and Jacktown to raise funds for Native American students and families in those areas.  Visit the website to donate and for more information on how to help.

Disaster Relief Organizations

Adventist Development and Relief Organization
American Jewish World Service
American Red Cross
• Architecture for Humanity
Baptist World Alliance
Brethren Disaster Ministries
Campus Crusade for Christ
Catholic Relief Services
Church World Service
Direct Relief International
Doctors Without Borders
Food for the Poor
Free the
Global Aid Network (GAiN)
Habitat for Humanity International
Heart to Heart International
HOPE Worldwide, Ltd 
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach
International Medical Corps
International Orthodox Christian Charities
International Red Cross
International Relief and Development
International Relief Teams
• LifeLine Christian Mission
Loma Linda University
Lutheran World Relief
Mercy Corps
Mercy Ships
National Credit Union Foundation

Operation USA
Oxfam International
Partners in Health
Plan International USA
Rotary International
Salvation Army
Samaritan's Purse
Save the Children
Save the Children - Canada
Solar Cookers International
Soroptimist International of the Americas
SOS Children’s Villages-USA
Trees, Water and People
United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries
United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund
World Concern
World Food Programme
World Vision

Fundraising Resources

Disaster Response Checklist Available at No Cost to Nonprofits, Donors & Governments
Doing more measurable good and no harm with disaster response dollars is a challenge amid the chaos and confusion following a disaster.
Now available is a practical Checklist for well considered planning, implementation, evaluation and training. It's based on debriefings and on the literature of what works and what doesn't.

"Lessons Learned from Haiti" - Free Web Seminar Series on Rapid Response Fundraising
Blackbaud, Inc. is offering a free web seminar series to help nonprofits build strategies for mobilizing, soliciting, and stewarding supporters during and after times of disaster. Blackbaud nonprofit experts and partners developed the seminars based on their work with nonprofits that are involved in Haiti relief efforts. The free series, entitled "Lessons Learned from Haiti," includes five seminars that will kick-off on March 11 and will continue through May.

"Planning Disaster: The Role of Philanthropy in Anticipating and Responding"
This past October, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the McCormick Foundation Conference Series convened an invitational summit on philanthropy and disaster relief. The summit brought together 32 of the nation’s leading experts from key nonprofits, foundations, government organizations, corporations, and news organizations to candidly discuss how best to strengthen the philanthropic preparation for and response to disasters.

Disaster Relief - Resources for Charities and Contributors
In the aftermath of a disaster or in other emergency hardship situations, individuals, employers and corporations often are interested in providing assistance to victims through a charitable organization. The IRS provides a number of resources to help those involved in providing disaster relief through charities. (

Red Cross’ Innovative Communications Response
I wanted to tip my hat to the American Red Cross for its immediate and creative communications strategy on the situation in Haiti and fundraising for relief efforts. (Nancy E. Schwartz – Getting Attention blog)

Message From Steve Gunderson, President and CEO, Council on Foundations
“Let us know how you are assisting—whether directly to Haiti, through a partner organization or through those in your local communities—so we can share the information with others in our field.”

The DOs and DON'Ts of Disaster Donations
Good intentions sometimes are not enough. This article offers an honest conversation about the impact of aid.

Why People Give During Disasters
The perceived credibility of a disaster-relief organization matters quite a bit, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Twente in The Netherlands.


Social Media

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• The ONE Blog has comprehensive updates on the situation.
• Updated information and general ways to help during disasters can be found at USAID.


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