As authorities continue to try to get a grip on the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, Assemblyman Rob Bonta – the first Filipino-American to be elected to the California Legislature – issued this statement and plea for aid Sunday:
“I send my deepest sympathies to the people of the Philippines who this weekend experienced the tragic destruction of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm ever recorded in human history. Authorities estimate that approximately 10,000 lives have been lost, and the devastating impact to the entire country is unprecedented. As my Filipino brothers and sisters try to survive, locate their loved ones, and heal after this tragedy, I am encouraged that our country and the rest of the world are moved with empathy, concern, and a desire to help, and are turning those feelings into tremendous relief efforts. I urge everyone to join those efforts. The International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is supporting the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in relief efforts and could use our support. Please visit http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate and contribute what you can to help address this enormous human tragedy.”
For those who find it easier to donate via the American Red Cross, click here.
UPDATE @ 10:20 A.M.: Here’s another way to help. The Registered Nurse Response Network – a project of National Nurses United, of which the Oakland-based California Nurses Association is part – already has signed up 370 registered nurses as volunteers to aid with Haiyan relief efforts and is seeking more, as well as donations to help send those nurses to the Philippines. Nurses who want to volunteer should click here; to donate to the “Send A Nurse” fund, click here.