The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 17, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

Best help for typhoon survivors is financial

As Americans, we are a generous people. Throughout the country, countless congregations and organizations are gathering things they think are needed to serve survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Many of these kind-hearted folks will be wrong. Fur coats and frozen lasagna are not needed in the Philippines. What is needed? A well-coordinated and well-resourced humanitarian response.

To be part of a well-coordinated and well-resourced humanitarian response, we turn to proven systems like the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID: and the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI:

We turn to the responding agencies with experience in international disasters. We support them smartly. With financial support. The two given links ... have additional information. At the bottom of the CIDI page, for example, are short videos that explain how to smartly respond to international disaster.

Please share the word that financial support to appropriate responding agencies is the best way to help in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Anthony Buller, CEM

FEMA R3 Voluntary Agency Liaison