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North Bay seeks to help typhoon victims in the Philippines

  • Survivors move past the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. The typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced an unimaginably huge relief effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

<b>How to give to Philippines typhoon relief</b>

The United Nations World Food Programme said it will send more than 40 tons of high energy biscuits and work with the Filipino government to help with logistics and emergency communications systems. It asks for donations at www.wfpusa.org or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.

UNICEF said its staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to help in relief efforts and 66 tons of emergency supplies are being sent from Copenhagen. An airlift set to arrive on Tuesday will include water purification systems, storage equipment and sanitation supplies. Donations can be made to UNICEF at www.unicef.org/support.

The American Red Cross said it has deployed two people to assist with assessments in the Philippines and activated its family tracing services. Gifts can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, donate online at redcross.org, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Local updates are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RedCrossSonomaMendoLake.

Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations on its website, www.emergencies.crs.org, as it begins moving supplies and staff to respond to the typhoon.

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