<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.

World Vision said it is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people, including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter and protection. It asked for one-time donations to be made at www.worldvision.org.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has begun collecting donations for relief efforts. To contribute, go to www.jdc.org or call 212-687-6200.

Mercy Corps said it has launched emergency response efforts to provide food, water, shelter and basic supplies to typhoon survivors. To contribute, go to www.mercycorps.org/typhoon or call 800-292-3355.

AmeriCares is preparing to deploy an emergency response team to the Philippines. To donate go to http://americares.org or call 800-486-4357.

The International Rescue Committee has dispatched an emergency team to Manila and launched a $10 million appeal. The IRC will work to determine which of its areas of expertise - from water and sanitation to education - are most needed.

— Associated Press

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