EMI Responds to Typhoon Haiyan


On November 8, 2013, one of the strongest storms in recorded world history, Typhoon Haiyan—a Category 5 tropical cyclone locally known as Yolanda—made landfall on the Philippines’ east coast and ripped over the archipelago with 190 mph winds and torrential rains causing flash floods and landslides.  Typhoon Haiyan devastated island communities across nine regions, affecting 11.3 million people. Over 670,000 displaced Filipinos lack access to pure drinking water, basic sanitation, and safe shelter.  Extensive damages to local infrastructure, notably roads and the airport, continue to hamper international humanitarian efforts.  Access remains a major challenge.Working with the Filipino Church, International Christian relief and development agencies are assessing priority needs for food, water, sanitation, hygiene, shelter, health, camp management and logistics.

Photo of damaged homes in Bantayan by eMi's ministry partner Samaritan's Purse

Photo of damaged homes in Bantayan by eMi’s ministry partner Samaritan’s Purse

Since 1983, Engineering Ministries International (eMi) has been mobilizing Disaster Response (DR) teams for major international disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.  Motivated out of God’s love, we serve survivors who are vulnerable to exploitation.  More than technical experts, we seek to be Christ-like by bringing clean water and the hope of Living Water.  On December 1, eMi will send our first teams of water and sanitation experts to come alongside Samaritan’s Purse in Tacloban and Bantayan.  As our other partners—the Filipino Church and local & international relief agencies—identify specific relief and recovery needs, we will send additional DR assessment and design teams to meet those needs.


Go – Experienced design professionals can volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering, contact eMi’s Disaster Response Ministry Program Director at Disasters@emiworld.org to apply. At the end of this message there is a list of specific technical services that we will be prepared to provide to our ministry partners.

Give – If you can’t go, you can give to support those who can.

As the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Ministry Program Coordinator at eMi, I will be part of a WASH team mobilization to the Philippines and will be closely involved with the work of each WASH team that is sent in the coming months.  Our family would not be able to be a part of this ministry if it were not for those who are generously partnering with us in this work.  We would be honored if you would consider partnering with us by making an end-of-year donation or becoming part of our 2014 monthly support team. Donations can be made directly to our support account at http://www.emiusa.org/donate.php by choosing the Staff category and then selecting my name (Chandler, Jason – 2126).


You can also donate specifically to help mobilize disaster response assessment and design teams by donating to eMi’s Philippines Relief.  By meeting a survivor’s immediate physical need in their desperate hour, we demonstrate Jesus Christ’s love in a practical way and open a door to share His Good News, meeting their deepest spiritual need.

Photo of damages in Tacloban by Erik de Castro/Reuters

Photo of damages in Tacloban by Erik de Castro/Reuters

And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday. (Isaiah 58:10 NASB)


   Water/Wastewater Engineers:
  • Design and implement clean water distribution systems
  • Design and establish hygienic wastewater disposal solutions
  • Design solutions for flood water risk mitigation
   Structural Engineers and Architects:
  • Assess damaged buildings for safe reoccupation, retrofit or repair
  • Design retrofits and repairs to damaged buildings
  • Design structurally sound and culturally appropriate transitional shelters
  • Master plan temporary housing communities
   Transportation Engineers:
  • Design retrofits and repairs to damaged roads and bridges
   Geotechnical Engineers:
  • Assess slope stability and soil erosion
   Construction Managers: 
  • Oversee teams for construction of buildings and infrastructure
Please feel free to share this blog with anyone that you think might be interested in volunteering or supporting eMi’s response to serve the church in the Philippines.  Updates from eMi’s response efforts can also be found at http://emiworld.org/dr_philippines.php
Video from eMi’s ministry partner Samaritan’s Purse