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Ever since Super Typhoon Haiyan unleashed its fury on Micronesia, Palau and the Philippines last week, the people of these areas have been in and remain in the forefront of our minds and hearts. We have been in frequent touch with our colleagues in the affected areas to see how they are faring and what we can do to help. We are relieved to hear that they are all accounted for and safe.

Despite this silver lining, we recognize that the people in the area have been severely impacted and that our colleagues and their families must be feeling the effects of the typhoon on many levels. Most of the areas in the path of the typhoon were badly damaged by powerful winds and the storm surge. Attempts to get help the affected areas is a major challenge due to severely damaged infrastructure including the local emergency services personnel who have become victims as well.

Should you be able and willing to help, CNN has listed several legitimate aid organizations (American Red Cross, Salvation Army, UNICEF, etc.) that are actively providing aid to the people in the region.

Or you can join Umpqua in making a donation to Save the Children.

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