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Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: How to find loved ones, donate and volunteer (FAQ, video)

A surivor stands among the debris of a house destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 11, 2013. The United States, Australia and the United Nations mobilised emergency aid to the Philippines as the scale of the devastation unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan emerged on November 11.
A surivor stands among the debris of a house destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 11, 2013. The United States, Australia and the United Nations mobilised emergency aid to the Philippines as the scale of the devastation unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan emerged on November 11.
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A surivor stands among the debris of a house destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 11, 2013. The United States, Australia and the United Nations mobilised emergency aid to the Philippines as the scale of the devastation unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan emerged on November 11.
Pedestrians make their way across a street flooded by rains brought by Typhoon Haiyan in Shangsi, in southwest China Guangxi province on November 11, 2013. At least six people died after Typhoon Haiyan slashed across China's south coast and damaged hundreds of homes, state-run media on November 11, just days after devastating the Philippines over the weekend.
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A surivor stands among the debris of a house destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 11, 2013. The United States, Australia and the United Nations mobilised emergency aid to the Philippines as the scale of the devastation unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan emerged on November 11.
A woman carries a child through a flooded road on the island of Mindano.
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At least 1,000 people are dead in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan hit the region last week. The death toll, one of the worst on record, could climb to 10,000. 

The global Red Cross network is responding to emergency needs with food, water and relief supplies while the American Red Cross is lending people, expertise and equipment. Nonetheless, communications are still down, and our local Filipino community is desperate for news about survivors. 

Joel Jacinto, executive director of Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), a non-profit community outreach group in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown, says about 1.5 million Filipino Americans live in California, at least third of them in the Southland.

“People are concerned about their families, they are concerned about their loved ones. They haven’t talked to them," he said. 

Below are tools that help Southern Californians locate loved ones, as well as resources to donate to the disaster relief efforts. 

HOW DO I FIND LOVED ONES? 

ARE THERE NUMBERS TO CALL? 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has set up communication facilities in Tacloban City, which can be found at the Tacloban City police station, according to Rappler.com. Below are telephone numbers (area code is 053) to call:

CD,TCPO: (053) 325-4442
OPERATION BRANCH: (053) 325-8808/520-188/321-2021
INTEL BRANCH: (053) 325-4477
CPSC GATER: (053) 520-8666/321-5133
POLICE STATION 1: (053) 323-3449/523-2510
V & G PCP: (053) 327-4413
SAGKAHAN PCP: (053) 325 1847
SAN JOSE PCP: (053) 323-9211
POLICE STATION 2: (053) 321-6968/325-3913

The Tacloban City Hall also has the following numbers: 09173104288 or 09333672737. 

HOW CAN I DONATE MONEY TO RELIEF EFFORTS?

RELATED: Thousands feared dead after deadly typhoon slams Philippines

CAN SOCIAL MEDIA HELP? 

We've created this Twitter list of agencies, journalists and non-profits either tweeting from or providing aid to the region. 

 

The following hashtags have also been created: 

HOW CAN I DONATE MY TIME TO RELIEF EFFORTS? 

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT CONDITIONS? 

Google has created this crowdsourced crisis map, which curates evacuation centers, crisis areas, and relief drop zone spots. The Weather Channel has provided a series of videos that give a look into the scope of the typhoon. And we've got a map and collection of photos, as well as resources and personal stories at KPCC.org/typhoon

The video below shows a barge with a crew of 15 being rescued off a dock in Bohol as typhoon Haiyan slams into the Philippines. 

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RELATED: Strongest cyclone ever? Typhoon Haiyan slams Philippines

Do you know of a fundraiser or local organization aiding relief efforts in the Philippines? Share with us in comments or on our Facebook page or email klepore@scpr.org.

This story has been updated.