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How to help after Super typhoon Haiyan

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News has compiled a list of ways you can support victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Google has launched a person finder and crisis map to help people find loved ones.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is accepting donations to support its rescue and relief teams. Make sure you select "Supertyphoon Yolanda" under the campaign tab.

Catholic Relief Services is on the ground helping to establish basic living necessities. The official international humanitarian arm of the Catholic community in the U.S. is accepting donations on its website.

Mercy Corps is in the Philippines working to deliver food and water. You can donate to its mission by visiting its website. You can also help by calling 1-888-747-7440.

Save the Children is working with a particular focus on kids affected by the gigantic storm. You can support these efforts by calling 1-800-728-3843 or visiting its website.

Locally, the Filipino Baptist Church of Jacksonville has told First Coast News it plans on raising money for relief efforts. More information about the church can be found here.

Pastor Nonie Sables said, "For sure, it will take a lot of time for them to recover without aid and help of other people and from other countries."

The largest Asian population in Jacksonville comes from the Philippines.

Many members of the church spent the weekend not knowing if their loved ones were okay.

Ed Domingo said, "Actually one of my friends emailed me, and told me their house is torn apart."

Rick Cole said, "It's very disturbing. Having been there for two weeks and seeing the construction of the homes and knowing the power and fierceness of the storm, my heart just goes out to the people."

Marilyn Wolfe said, "When I heard the news, I was just so sad. On the other hand, I am happy that my family, the members of my family is safe."

Thankfully, there haven't been any reports yet of anyone locally losing someone in the storm.

It's expected the recovery and rebuilding process could take months if not years.

First Coast News

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