EMERGENCY: Super Typhoon Blasts the Philippines

You can help families whose lives have been impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan!


This morning Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with sustained winds of nearly 150 miles per hour. It is the strongest typhoon in the world this year, and possibly the most powerful ever to hit land. Over 125,000 people have been evacuated and 12.9 million are expected to be affected.

WITH YOUR HELP, Lutheran World Relief will respond with sustainable solutions and a lasting promise of support.

Residents rush to safety past a fallen tree during strong winds brought by Typhoon Haiyan that hit Cebu city, central Philippines.

REUTERS/Zander Casas, courtesy trust.org

LWR’s staff on the ground are conducting a rapid damage and needs assessment to best determine our response. Depending on the needs, possible responses might include:

  • a cash-for-work program that helps get cash into the hands of those who need it and aids in the clean-up of storm debris from places like schools, roads and other public spaces;
  • distributing non-food items, such as shelter repair kits, Personal Care Kits, or Baby Care Kits; or
  • distributing Mission Quilts that provide warmth and comfort to disaster-affected families;

We have already set aside $50,000 to meet the needs of those affected. Please help.


A bulletin insert is available for download to help you organize your congregation’s relief effort.

With gratitude,

Jeff Whisenant Signature

Jeff Whisenant
Interim President and CEO