Current Disasters

CaliforniaVolunteers serves as the state agency for the coordination of volunteers and monetary donations during response and recovery. The following are updates on Super Typhoon Haiyan and information on how to help.

Updates - Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, resulting in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage.

For the latest updates related to Super Typhoon Haiyan, you can check the sites below:

To sign up for the USAID Philippines Listserv, and for more information about USAID’s development assistance to the Philippines, go to: http://www.usaid.gov/philippines

To see the Ad Council’s PSAs on how to help, plus a list of organizations responding: http://tinyurl.com/adcouncilphilippines. This is a joint initiative by the Ad Council, USAID, and the Center for International Disaster Information.

For groups that are responding on the ground, who want to know how to connect and coordinate: https://philippines.humanitarianresponse.info is a site provided by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). It includes information for the different clusters (a forum for Government of the Philippines departments, UN agencies, and other relief organizations working on a given sector, such as health or nutrition, to coordinate).

Follow the conversation on Twitter using #Haiyan.

How you can help

Corporation for National and Community Service: The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief operations to ensure a well-coordinated and well-resourced humanitarian response.

We know from experience that monetary donations to responding, reputable relief organizations are the fastest and most effective ways to assist survivors in the critical early phase of a relief effort.

US Agency of International Development (USAID): Review USAID's Typhoon Haiyan page and Typhoon Haiyan fact sheet and to learn more about how to support those who are desperately in need. Review USAID’s Tools for Giving for Individuals page for more guidlines on how to do more good for more people more quickly and with less hassle and expense for donors and relief workers.

The State Department also is cooperating with the Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund established by The mGive Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit organization, to coordinate donations via mobile phones to benefit victims of the typhoon. - See more at: http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2013/11/11/state-department-works-bring-relief-typhoon-victims#sthash.QWL14Lh0.dpuf


You can also donate at the following links:


During a disaster, all donation information posted about 501(C)(3) organizations is provided for information purposes only. It does not constitute a request by the State of California for donations to any particular organization. CaliforniaVolunteers strongly encourages potential volunteers or donors to investigate unfamiliar organizations before donating money, goods or services.

For additional information and easy-to-use tips on avoiding charity scams following a disaster, please visit the California Office of the Attorney General Charities web site.

Train NOW for Future Disasters

Volunteers spraying foam on a fire

Following a major disaster, most relief organizations and emergency responder agencies are extremely busy, even if they are outside the affected area. Organizations can become overwhelmed with too many volunteers. The best time to sign-up to volunteer is during a non-disaster time. This allows you to train with a disaster relief organization to be ready when the next emergency strikes.

To find a training or volunteer opportunity go to the FEMA volunteer page, www.ready.gov/volunteer.

In addition, you can find more information about volunteering here:



For additional information and easy-to-use tips on avoiding charity scams following a disaster, please visit the California Office of the Attorney General Charities web site.