THE death and human suffering caused by Typhoon Haiyan are all the more disturbing because the extent of the storm’s destructive impact is still unknown.

The epic winds and tidal surges that smashed into the Philippines last Friday erased communication links and isolated areas in need of emergency aid. Typhoon Haiyan is estimated to have affected 9.7 million lives in 41 provinces.

President Benigno Aquino III’s declaration of a “state of calamity” describes the terror in Tacloban, the biggest city on Leyte Island, where the death toll might exceed 10,000. Water reached roof level at the city’s airport.

Stepping up to help provide relief for this scale of natural disaster takes its own kind of rugged expertise. The U.S. military immediately stepped forward with food, water and generators from Japan, and U.S. Marines to help.

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Others desiring to help the survivors of this profound storm event have two good Northwest resources to funnel aid to the Philippines.

They are World Vision, in Federal Way, and Mercy Corps in Portland, Ore. Both have the experience and expertise to ensure that those willing to help can donate with confidence:

World Vision: Go to bit.ly/haiyanwv or mail a check with “Philippines Disaster Response Fund” in the memo line to P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716.

Mercy Corps: Go to mercycorps.org/typhoon, call 1-888-747-7440, or mail a check with “ Philippines Typhoon Response” in the memo line to P.O. Box 2669, Dept W, Portland, OR 97208-2669

Help this nation in desperate need of a helping hand.