(Photo: American Red Cross)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) continues to unfold. The Philippine Red Cross reports catastrophic damage and a growing death toll, as the full extent of the devastation continues to be revealed. At this time the American Red Cross has sent two specialists to assist with the disaster's assessment.
"As we watch the tragedy continuing to unfold, we are mindful of the many Arkansans with family and friends that may have been affected by this super typhoon," stated American Red Cross in Arkansas Communication Officer, Brigette Williams. Arkansans are encouraged to continue reaching out to loved ones with the understanding communication in affected areas is severely damaged or non-existent.
"After the earthquake in Haiti, many people found some success reaching family and friends with texting." To aid in restoring communications, the American Red Cross will also be sending communication specialist with a satellite system.
The Red Cross has also activated its Family Tracing Services. "This is different than Safe and Well Arkansans are used to using to connect with loved ones after disasters stateside. Family Tracing is used to locate persons internationally during catastrophic disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan or individuals in war torn areas that are in non-military roles. Persons wanting to use Red Cross tracing can call 501.748.1021.
For more information on Typhoon Haiyan recovery and if you would like to make a donation to help with recovery, please visit redcross.org/arkansas.