Local Red Cross chapter assists in Typhoon Haiyan relief

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati American Red Cross chapter is helping out the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in a number of ways.

Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines on November 8, leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake. With sustained winds reported at over 145 miles per hour, Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year.

The typhoon affected 9.5 million people across 36 provinces. Philippine Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting significant damage and a growing death toll, while the full extent of the devastation continues to unfold. Currently, 1,400 evacuation centers are housing more than 330,000 people left homeless by the storm.

"Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this terrible natural disaster and the volunteers who are helping," says Trish Smitson, CEO of the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region. "The Red Cross is assisting with Typhoon Haiyan relief in a number of ways."

The American Red Cross is beginning to deploy specialists to assist in the assessment and relief efforts. On Sunday, a disaster volunteer from the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region was deployed to the Philippines to assist in restoration of telecommunication systems.

The American Red Cross is currently accepting donations to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.

Local businesses are working with the Red Cross to make their contributions to the relief effort. Remke Markets are giving their customers the option to donate at the check-out line. Customers who wish to donate must tell their cashier that they want to make a contribution. All local Remke Markets are participating in this effort.

Businesses may contact the Cincinnati Chapter for assistance for establishing employee giving programs through online donations.

You can make donations online at Typhoon Appeal on www.redcross.org or 1-800-REDCROSS.

For continued updates on Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, visit redcross.org.

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