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We are battling against the most powerful storm ever...

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest ever, rips into Philippines - CNN.com
  • Profile picture of the author Riptor
    Been hearing about this on the news all morning and it sounds horrendous... stay safe.
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    Stay safe and get through this. It does sound like a horrible monster.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Keep your head at all costs, even if you are scared crapless.............

    Strength and courage to you.
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      I am praying now.
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    Be safe! I'll be thinking about you and sending positive thoughts your way.
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    It does look very bad over there. It may be the strongest storm that the earth has had on record. I have been to the Philippines many and my thoughts are with you and the people there.
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    I pray the storm weakens fast.
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    I hope a fundraiser is set-up for Super Typhoon Haiyan victims on Warriorforum.
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    • Profile picture of the author Go4DBest
      Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

      I hope a fundraiser is set-up for Super Typhoon Haiyan victims on Warriorforum.
      I edited this post.

      I realized that it's not appropriate.
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      • Profile picture of the author stolf
        Originally Posted by Go4DBest View Post

        We setup this site for donation, http://paisleystorm.com/

        1 dollar is already a huge help.
        Follow Vienn`s suggestions instead, that way you know where the money goes.
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by Go4DBest View Post

        We setup this site for donation, http://paisleystorm.com/

        1 dollar is already a huge help.
        Please donate if you're going to donate to well established, well known entities, rather than a hastily put up donation page where nothing is known about where the money goes.

        Originally Posted by Vienn View Post

        I can only speak for two. One is the ABS CBN Sagip Kapamilya humanitarian assistance program. It's a program of ABS CBN a well known TV channel here and what's great about this assistance program is that it's really active and transparent. It's basically a network consisting of concerned citizens all over the country taking part by sending their own reports about accidents, calamities and other tragedies via social media -- which are then reported on TV by the news team. And of course, they provide recovery assistance during times of crisis like this. The local news always give reliable updates about the relief supports coming nationally and internationally to this program which is nice.

        Sagip Kapamilya TELETHON for Typhoon Yolanda victims | ABS-CBN News

        The toll hotlines are 411-0013, 411-0014, 411-0015, 411-0182 and 411-0183 -- our country code 63 2 -- if you guys need assistance in donating, though I'm sure these lines are busy at the moment. Calls are coming round the clock.

        The other one is the Philippine Red Cross which is also an active relief organization in the country during crisis.
        Philippine Red Cross | Donate

        Both of these orgs deploy rescue and relief staffs to the affected areas. I'm sure many other relief organizations do too but I can't speak for them.

        May I also take this opportunity to officially ask for your help, fellow warriors.
        Adie, me and all other Filipinos here in WF would appreciate any kind of support whether it's just a space in your WF signature for a link to donate, a note to your email lists or via social media - whatever way you can help. I believe there's no donation that's too small. Every single dollar can feed, clothe and ease the burden of the hundred thousands of victims suffering right now.

        This is the most horrendous storm we've experienced and I know we can rise again as we did from the hundreds of storms we've been through with your help. I'm watching the local news and we greatly appreciate all the supports from other countries that continuously come our way.

        Thanks a lot guys!

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        • Profile picture of the author bizwebman
          Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

          Please donate if you're going to donate to well established, well known entities, rather than a hastily put up donation page where nothing is known about where the money goes.
          I completely agree, believe it or not there are many who try to capitalise on others misfortune.

          In the UK there are registered charities and over £13 million was raised in less than 24 hours towards the Typhoon appeal.

          Grahame
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      • Profile picture of the author Vienn
        Originally Posted by Go4DBest View Post

        We setup this site for donation, http://paisleystorm.com/

        1 dollar is already a huge help.
        Appreciate your effort!
        But most people want to donate to a trusted entity where they know their money will go to the mission field.

        How about just linking to these orgs instead?
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        • Profile picture of the author Go4DBest
          Originally Posted by stolf View Post

          Follow Vienn`s suggestions instead, that way you know where the money goes.
          Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

          Please donate if you're going to donate to well established, well known entities, rather than a hastily put up donation page where nothing is known about where the money goes.
          Originally Posted by Vienn View Post

          Appreciate your effort!
          But most people want to donate to a trusted entity where they know their money will go to the mission field.

          How about just linking to these orgs instead?
          My apologies my fellow, Warriors!

          I should have thought carefully before posting that link.

          Actually, I created that site upon request by an American friend, Kymberely Moore. Later, she will write something on the site. In fact, she owned the domain and hosting.

          I put a facebook comment box on the homepage and right now, you can see her message there.

          I absolutely understand your point.

          Let's continue to pray for the Filipino people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vienn
    Originally Posted by Adie View Post

    We are battling against the most powerful storm ever...

    Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest ever, rips into Philippines - CNN.com

    The storm has subsided a bit here. Last night was the most disturbing. The rains were light but the winds were so fierce like no other. I really thought our roof was going to get ripped off and had a restless sleep last night because of it.

    And this is just in Manila which isn't directly hit by the storm. I can't imagine how terrible it must be for those living in the provinces where this typhoon made landfall. Thoughts and prayers to our fellowmen.

    You keep safe Adie. I heard it's now exiting PH. We should be out of the woods soon hopefully.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Anyone from the Philippines in contact here right now? What's going on down there? I heard 10,000 dead? Check in if you live down there.
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    I am praying now
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      There are not confirmed 10k deaths - less than 200 confirmed so far, thank goodness...though that will certainly rise.

      The Red Cross in the Philippines is estimating 1000 but a local official mentioned the 10k number and that's being repeated. I certainly hope it's not that high!

      Praying Adie is ok but I know communications are out so it may be a while before we know.
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      • Profile picture of the author HeySal
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        There are not confirmed 10k deaths - less than 200 confirmed so far, thank goodness...though that will certainly rise.

        The Red Cross in the Philippines is estimating 1000 but a local official mentioned the 10k number and that's being repeated. I certainly hope it's not that high!

        Praying Adie is ok but I know communications are out so it may be a while before we know.
        I also heard that whole Islands were submerged so it may well be the number presently unaccounted for. I haven't seen any videos coming yet. Not sure I want to. Hoping everyone here made it through okay.
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    Hope you are fine. You are in our prayers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    My thoughts and best wishes are for anyone in the path of this storm.

    The reports I've heard are that in some areas the storm surge was 50 ft high. That's horrific, if true.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Hope Adie is OK and we hear from him. Horrific storm.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Just saw some of the video - it's horrendous damage. They are saying 4 million people were affected by the storm (not displaced, but totally number affected in some way. Isn't that about 1/3 of the population?

      Once again - as with Katrina - it was the storm surge that was the most damaging part of the storm. It destroys everything in its path and washes out bridges and roads which makes it hard for rescue groups to reach areas hardest hit.

      I hope that 10k is an over estimate but I'm sure the death toll will be high in the end.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vienn
    I just finished watching the local news here in Manila and the videos I've seen are beyond terrible. The destruction was on a massive scale. Not just establishments and fields - but entire cities. Trees were uprooted and scattered, buildings were completely smashed beyond repair. Even evacuation centers were badly damaged to provide refuge. Airports were reduced to skeletal remains and a chopper nearby has been toppled over.

    I've been reading here on the Internet that the death toll is estimated to be 10,000. That is indeed too much and I don't want to believe it. But the local news says thousands of bodies have already been found lying on the streets and more are expected to be found under the debris.

    There's no official fatality rate yet considering there are still areas where rescue teams haven't reached yet because the roads are blocked with landslides, debris and fallen trees.

    People in these unreached areas are starving. They've lost families and homes. Now they're wandering in a complete wasteland, not knowing where to go, just anywhere where they can find food and a safe place to sleep. Children are getting sick and some patients in the hospitals that managed to stay whole died because there's no electricity to sustain the medical equipment.

    With power out and mobile services down, survivors are sending their messages to families with the help of the news team, grievously reporting the death of their other loved ones on TV. It's so painful to see all this.

    There are no power lines, food, clean water. Nothing. Officials said it would take at least 2 months to get the power lines restored and God knows how longer it would take to clear the mountains of debris and trees. I just hope these people are reached by relief teams soon so they can eat.

    I also hope we hear from Adie soon. His location says 'City of Smiles'. That's the tagline of Bacolod -- one of the provinces here in Philippines. If I'm right that Adie is from Bacolod, then he's in one of those areas badly affected by this monster typhoon.

    Oh. Gosh.

    Philippines is on state of national calamity right now. We've been shaken up, washed up and blown over in the last couple of months. A 7.2 magnitude quake has hit one province here last month and before it could get back on its feet, this mammoth typhoon has again ravaged thousands of homes and lives. :'(

    We appreciate the concerns and donations that will come our way, fellow warriors. Every single donation counts, no matter how small.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      OMGosh! That is too heartbreaking!

      My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the Philippines, especially for our Adie!


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      • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
        My wife and I saw the aftermath on the news this morning. I have no words...just be safe. Help is on it's way.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    This is one of the hard parts of a global website - most of us wouldn't know anyone from the area hit - the storm wouldn't be so close and personal to most of us. But there's someone we've been sharing with for years in there and we don't know what's happened. It makes things real.....but not in a comfortable way.

    Hope you and yours made it through okay Adie. Looking forward to the post that says you made it through.

    Vienn - which charity down there does the best work for you folks? Many are going to want to donate - but we want the funds to go where we want them to go......to the people. If you can tell us the best organization to donate to right now, I (and probably others) will appreciate it greatly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vienn
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post


      Vienn - which charity down there does the best work for you folks? Many are going to want to donate - but we want the funds to go where we want them to go......to the people. If you can tell us the best organization to donate to right now, I (and probably others) will appreciate it greatly.

      I can only speak for two. One is the ABS CBN Sagip Kapamilya humanitarian assistance program. It's a program of ABS CBN a well known TV channel here and what's great about this assistance program is that it's really active and transparent. It's basically a network consisting of concerned citizens all over the country taking part by sending their own reports about accidents, calamities and other tragedies via social media -- which are then reported on TV by the news team. And of course, they provide recovery assistance during times of crisis like this. The local news always give reliable updates about the relief supports coming nationally and internationally to this program which is nice.

      Sagip Kapamilya TELETHON for Typhoon Yolanda victims | ABS-CBN News

      The toll hotlines are 411-0013, 411-0014, 411-0015, 411-0182 and 411-0183 -- our country code 63 2 -- if you guys need assistance in donating, though I'm sure these lines are mostly busy. Calls are coming round the clock.

      The other one is the Philippine Red Cross which is also an active relief organization in the country during crisis.
      Philippine Red Cross | Donate

      Both of these orgs deploy rescue and relief staffs to the affected areas. I'm sure many other relief organizations do too but I can't speak for them.

      May I also take this opportunity to officially ask for your help, fellow warriors.
      Adie, me and all other Filipinos here in WF would appreciate any kind of support whether it's just a space in your WF signature for a link to donate, a note to your email lists or via social media - whatever way you can help. I believe there's no donation that's too small. Every single dollar can feed, clothe and ease the burden of the hundred thousands of victims suffering right now.

      This is the most horrendous storm we've experienced and I know we can rise again as we did from the hundreds of storms we've been through with your help. I'm watching the local news and we greatly appreciate all the supports from other countries that continuously come our way.

      Thanks a lot guys!
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    That's a horrible storm but some of those places people lived were just waiting to get wiped out, the homes on sandbars are just asking for trouble.

    Reminds me of the million dollar homes built on the sandbars off the coast of North Carolina, just a matter of time before they get swept out into the ocean. It's happened plenty of times over the years. I bet their homeowners insurance is out of this world.
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    I am a non believer so I am not going to pray...
    But I wish you all the best. Please stay save!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      It's not reflected in most of the stories yet - but the Philippines President said today he estimates there will be 2500 deaths from the storm. That's horrible but better than the 10k one official estimated.

      Looking at the images - how do you put life back together? I know from Katrina it's a long slog - and this storm was much stronger than Katrina.
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        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        It's not reflected in most of the stories yet - but the Philippines President said today he estimates there will be 2500 deaths from the storm. That's horrible but better than the 10k one official estimated.

        Looking at the images - how do you put life back together? I know from Katrina it's a long slog - and this storm was much stronger than Katrina.
        The first thing I would do is move to higher ground. Living on a sandbar isn't a good idea.
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      • Profile picture of the author Vienn
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        It's not reflected in most of the stories yet - but the Philippines President said today he estimates there will be 2500 deaths from the storm. That's horrible but better than the 10k one official estimated.

        Looking at the images - how do you put life back together? I know from Katrina it's a long slog - and this storm was much stronger than Katrina.
        Whether it's hundreds, one thousands, ten thousands -- behind each of these abstract number of nameless and faceless dead people are families grieving, lost dreams and possibly wonderful futures that will never happen.

        I can't imagine the emotional toll the victims are going through right now having lost a family, a home and for some, no idea how to rebuild their lives.


        I've regularly experienced strong typhoons but was fortunate enough to not experience any economic and emotional toll as bad as losing a home or family member. (worst case I've experienced is a power outage for 2 days and not having Internet to do my work).

        As for environmental damages, just a few uprooted trees in our area that are too feeble to stay upright anyway. So I couldn't speak from personal experience what it's like to rebuild after a crisis like this.

        What i do know is that the government allocates significant budget for disasters like this as this country is vulnerable to typhoons. As for putting a life back together -- well, that's a broad question but generally speaking, after the rescuing efforts comes the difficult task of rebuilding: clearing up all the debris, building houses for those who lost homes, providing livelihood for them, restoring important structures, etc. If that sounds daunting, it is. Very.

        We've had disasters in the past and had recovered but it does take time. This one is the worst we've had and I read somewhere that the damage may amount to 5% of the Philippine's gross domestic product.

        Recovery won't be easy, that's for sure. But it's great that other nations are helping out.
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    The death toll for this tragedy is rising. For those people who did survive the storm, another problem looms over the horizon. They are left homeless and penniless, everything they owned are gone. Some families lost more than their material possessions with their loved ones dying or are already dead due to the typhoon. Many of these people are now left exposed to the elements as they try to pick up the pieces of what is left to them and start anew. Fear of cases of diarrhoea and other medical conditions rising is another concern many people are thinking of.
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    Keep safe Adie.

    I was in Palawan recently and loved it.

    Sad to hear about what the storm did there also.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobmcalister
    thought I might post this in case anyone wants to help out ...I always donate to the Salvation Army, not as a religion , as an administrator of funds ...they spend like 95% of donations on the actual victims...
    anyway , here is the contact info ...
    Donations by check (designate “Typhoon Haiyan”) can be mailed to:
    Salvation Army World Service Office
    International Relief Fund
    P.O. Box 418558
    Boston, MA 02241-8558

    Text to give:

    Text TYPHOON to 80888 and reply YES to confirm your $10 donation.

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    https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/typhoonhaiyan
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Whew!

      Apparently Adie is Okay!

      I just checked his profile for posting stats and it appears he posted early this morning.

      It's right here.

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      • Profile picture of the author Go4DBest
        Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

        Whew!

        Apparently Adie is Okay!

        I just checked his profile for posting stats and it appears he posted early this morning.

        It's right here.

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        I hope Adie will post something here on this thread.
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          Originally Posted by Go4DBest View Post

          I hope Adie will post something here on this thread.
          Yes, I'm hoping that as well!

          That being said, I am really just majorly relieved that he is Okay.

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    Originally Posted by Adie View Post

    We are battling against the most powerful storm ever...

    Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest ever, rips into Philippines - CNN.com
    Stay strong Adie & I am praying for the faster relief operations there.
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        I just keep checking back into this thread hoping we'll hear from Adie.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vienn
    Glad to know Adie is okay.

    I really love this graphic posted by Louie in another thread. I think this perfectly describes our sentiment towards all the nations extending help.





    To all the corporate bodies and individuals who are reaching out, we're very grateful. Thank you guys. You rock!
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    From what I've seen in pics, Adie is very lucky to be able to get online at all. I'm thinking the time allotment is probably extremely tight right now so we might not hear too much for awhile. I'm sure once he gets a line again that he can sit on for awhile, he'll be ready to tell us all about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I just realized he had posted elsewhere - I wondered if he was OK or not but apparently he is. That's good.
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    May God truly Keep You and Protect you Addie!
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