Sunday, December 1, 2013

eMi's response to Typhoon Haiyan

Many of you share our deep concern over the welfare of Filipinos who've been left homeless, and worse, from the utter devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. We wanted to let you in on our organization's disaster relief response, particularly in the event that you're interested in helping. Here's a recent word from eMi:

Since 1983, Engineering Ministries International (EMI) has been mobilizing Disaster Response Teams for major international disasters like Typhoon Haiyan. Motivated out of God’s love, we serve survivors 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 1st, EMI will send our initial 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 needs, we will send additional design professionals to provide services throughout relief (before Christmas) and recovery (after Christmas) phases:
Water/Wastewater Engineers: • Design and set up various water, sanitation and hygiene systems
• Design and establish clean water distribution centers
• Design flood water mitigation solutions
Structural Engineers and Architects: • Assess damaged buildings for safe reoccupation, retrofit or repair
• Design structurally sound and culturally appropriate transitional shelters
• Design retrofits and repairs to damaged buildings
• Master plan Internally Displaced People camps
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

You can help

Experienced design professionals can volunteer for disaster response by contacting EMI’s Disaster Response Ministry Program director at If you can’t go, you can give. 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.


Pray with us, please, for the restoration and Godward hope of the Philippines!

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