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AAG Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

Earlier this month Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), one of the strongest tropical storms ever recorded, swept through portions of the Philippines.  Over 5000 people lost their lives, and the damage to homes and infrastructure is massive.  Natural hazards research is an integral part of geography, and, as geographers, we are aware of the short- and long-term impacts that a natural disaster of this magnitude has on individuals, families, and communities, and we recognize the many challenges facing the Philippines as it rebuilds from Typhoon Haiyan.

AAG members have generously provided assistance after previous natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake, and we ask that you consider helping the people of the Philippines recover from this disaster in several possible ways. 
  1. In particular, we invite you to join us in contributing to the AAG Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund established to assist with the recovery and rebuilding of geography programs and facilities at universities and colleges in the region affected by Typhoon Haiyan. 
  2. In addition, we also encourage you to contribute directly to a major relief organization of your choice, to help the many people in urgent need of assistance.
  3. Thirdly, geographers can also bring their needed expertise to the logistics of relief aid and planning for rebuilding, and the AAG is available to help link AAG members who would like to offer their expertise and services, either working on the ground in the Philippines or remotely, with major disaster planning organizations, including the UN, with which we at the AAG are already currently engaged.
Tax-deductible contributions to the AAG Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund may be made by sending a donation by check or credit card, designated for this fund to:   AAG, 1710 Sixteenth Street, NW; Washington, DC 20009; or by email to Michelle Ledoux (, or by FAX at 202-234-2744.
For those of you who would like to follow the recovery efforts, visit the AAG website (  For further information we also recommend the facebook page Team Rebuild: A Philippine-Global Geography Solidarity Network (, established by geographers at University of the Philippines.
Thank you for your consideration of this request and for your support of these relief efforts.

Julie Winkler, AAG President
Douglas Richardson, AAG Executive Director