Pittsburgh’s Response to Typhoon Haiyan


On Friday, November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines bringing with it mayhem and destruction. Winds of up to 195 mph caused more than $13.5 billion in damage, took the lives of over 5,000 individuals, and left more than 23,000 injured. Over 1,500 people are still missing. (See the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines for up-to-date situation reports). In all, more than 2 million families were affected, nearly half of which have been forced to vacate their homes. Even weeks after the storm made landfall, blocked transportation routes make it difficult for aid organizations to reach the hardest hit regions of the central Philippines.

It’s hard to imagine a worse situation. Typhoon Haiyan is one of the deadliest natural disasters on record equated to the chaos experienced with the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. And, like those deadly natural disasters of the past decade, organizations and individuals around the globe are eager to help the Philippines in any way possible—especially during this time of thanksgiving.

If you’re local, and looking for a way to support those in need, there are a number of organizations right here in Pittsburgh actively seeking donations to provide necessary assistance and supplies to the Philippines.

One such organization is the Brother’s Brother Foundation, a 53 year-old Pittsburgh-based international charity, with a history of providing medical supplies, textbooks, food, seeds, and other humanitarian relief worldwide. Brother’s Brother is currently working with the Philippine American Medical Society of Western Pennsylvania (PAMS of WP) to provide both short term and long term assistance to the central Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Donations are encouraged to cover the cost of collecting and shipping necessary materials to the Philippines.

Brother’s Brother is no stranger to humanitarian relief, and has frequently participated in international aid efforts following natural disasters; the most recent being in Japan. On a recent edition of 90.5 WESA’s Essential Pittsburgh, the Council’s very own Steven Sokol, filling in for host Paul Guggenheimer, spoke with Brother’s Brother Foundation President, Luke Hingson, about the organization and their ongoing efforts in the Philippines.  You can catch the interview online, here.

Other notable organizations accepting donations include: