The U.S. Department of Defense has launched web sources of updated information for residents interested in ongoing typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) has announced.
"Our hearts go out to the many Filipino-Americans living in New Jersey who have lost loved ones or been otherwise affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan," Frelinghuysen said. "In keeping with our finest humanitarian traditions, the United States is leading the way in to providing timely emergency assistance and relief."
The government of the Philippines requested relief from the U.S. in the wake of one of the worst storms in that country's history. The U.S. Marine Corps estimates 4.2 million people have been affected. The death toll has reportedly reached 2,275. That figure is expected to rise, perhaps significantly, when accurate information is collected from the entire disaster zone, which spreads over a wide area of the eastern and central Philippines.
The United States Navy, Marine Corps and the Agency for International Development are providing humanitarian relief efforts.
To assist, the Navy has dispatched the George Washington Strike Group which consists of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, cruisers USS Cowpens and USS Antietam, guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen and USS Mustin and cargo ship USNS Charles Drew, oceanographic survey ship USNS Bowditch, and submarine tender USS Emory S. Land.
About 300 U.S. Marines are currently on the ground aiding relief efforts in the Philippines. Another 900 Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit based on Okinawa are deploying aboard the dock landing ships USS Germantown and USS Ashland, and are expected to arrive in the Philippines next week. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft have been flying missions in the Philippines, and more of those aircraft are on the way.
Residents can keep track of U.S. military efforts to help the people of the Philippines here.
In addition, the Navy is coordinating relief and emergency assistance with partner navies such as Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, and Norway.