Philippines emergency relief from Fairfield County

Two Fairfield County-based agencies are sending help to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines.

AmeriCares, based in Stamford, is deploying an emergency response team to assist survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The relief workers will help coordinate aid deliveries and assess survivors’ needs in the wake of the storm,

AmeriCares has emergency medicines and supplies to help families displaced by the storm. An emergency shipment was underway this week with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers.

AmeriCares is also providing emergency money that will allow partner organizations in the Philippines to purchase and distribute critical relief supplies in the hardest-hit areas.

To donate to AmeriCares International Disaster Relief Fund, go to americares.org/philippines

Save the Children, based in Westport, has set up operations to provide support to children and their families.

The aid agency now has operational bases in Tacloban City and Ormac City on Leyte Island, one of the worst affected areas.

Save the Children Philippine’s Deputy Director Ned Olney said staff faced multiple challenges in providing support to communities.

“Our teams on the ground are experiencing very difficult conditions,” said Olney. “There is considerable debris on the roads, very few operational vehicles and the airports are closed.

“We’re currently purchasing pick-up trucks so we can move supplies around and are looking at how we can fly in extra emergency relief items.”

To help donate to Save the Children’s Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, visit SaveTheChildren.org

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