Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement Monday saying that the State Department was working with Team Rubicon, military veterans who volunteer in disaster response, to "deploy a team of incredible, courageous American veterans to the Philippines and all the areas damaged by Typhoon Haiyan."
Kerry's statement says that the U.S. government has been working closely with the Philippines, with American embassies there and in Palau "in close and constant contact" with local officials to direct aid to the right places. Kerry said he'd spoken with Philippines Foreign Minister Albert del Rosaio and "assured him of our full commitment to providing all necessary assistance."
More from Kerry's statement:
A U.S. disaster assistance response team was among the first international groups to reach Leyte province, one of the hardest-hit regions. Experts from the U.S. Agency for International Development are working closely with Philippine agencies to evaluate the damage and identify the best ways to help those who have suffered losses from the storm. Within hours, the U.S. embassy in Manila provided substantial financial assistance for health, water and sanitation.
The U.S. government is organizing emergency shipments of critically needed material to provide shelter to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos driven from their homes by this unprecedented typhoon. We are also organizing emergency shipments of food and hygiene supplies to thousands of families. Pentagon personnel are also deeply involved, providing logistical support to make sure relief gets to the right locations as quickly as possible. Non-governmental organizations, charities and private relief organizations are also on the scene.
The State Department offers the following suggestions for Americans who want to donate to the typhoon relief fund:
U.S. wireless subscribers can text AID to 80108 to give a $10 donation to the mGive Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund.
Donations will be collected from the U.S. wireless carriers by The mGive Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that empowers text donation campaigns across 60 U.S. wireless carriers. Donations made to mGive will be distributed to relief organizations supporting Philippine Typhoon response and recovery. For more information visit, www.mgive.org.