How To Help After Typhoon Haiyan

I’ll get back to the regular programming tomorrow, but let’s pause for a minute and turn our attention to something that’s really important.

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Friday with 195-mph winds; it’s one of the strongest storms ever recorded, and officials are saying 10,000 may be dead. (For comparison’s sake, that’s about six times the death toll of Hurricane Katrina.) It also tore entire cities apart, driving hundreds of thousands from their homes—and it’s heading for Vietnam, weaker but still extremely strong, so the devastation may not be over.

The relief effort is already ongoing, but agencies need your support.

If you want to contribute financially to the cause, here are eight organizations currently organizing active relief efforts in response to the typhoon, to which you can contribute:

The American Red Cross



The Philippine Red Cross

The Salvation Army

Save the Children

World Food Program USA

World Vision

We’re a long way away from the Philippines and this is just a tiny blog, but if everyone who sees this clicks on one of those links and donates even a little bit, we can raise thousands of dollars easily.

This is the most important thing happening in the world right now, guys.

NC Legislature OKs Personal Care Service Change

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A way to restore more Medicaid-funded assistance to people in North Carolina with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease has received final legislative approval.

Governor Pat McCrory next receives the legislation that got the General Assembly’s last formal OK Tuesday.

The legislation creates a way people with these conditions – either living at home on in special care units – to receive up to 130 hours monthly in personal care services, such as getting dressed, bathed and fed.

The state reduced care for these people to 80 hours per month this year to comply with federal requirements that services be comparable at home and in corporate settings. Special care unit operators were concerned about the fewer hours.

The bill says personal care reimbursement rates will be reduced to pay for broader coverage.