Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the world, left a trail of destruction in the Philippines. Although the storm occurred thousands of miles away, the devastation hits close to home for some Texoma families.
"Devastating, it's really devastating," said Oscar Deasis, 1st Vice President of Filipino American Club of North Texas.
Relief and getting in touch with relatives can take a long time. Deasis and his family were helpless during the storm, as they waited for word on loved ones who live in close proximity of the affected area.
"Just simply not knowing is a tremendous burden. You get nervous and the anticipation of the news coming in is hard to handle. You have the urge to do something now because the emotions are very, very difficult," said Deasis.
Social media like Facebook and Twitter kept Deasis and his family informed on what was going on. Pictures from the aftermath identified some people he knew.
"It doesn't really sink in until you see the pictures. With today's technology everything happens instantaneously. People have been posting very helpful information on Facebook and that's a huge help," he said.
After multiple phone calls, thankfully his relatives were safe. But others weren't so lucky. In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Deasis and members of the Filipino American Club of North Texas is dong everything they can to help victims.
"We already started fundraising for the victims of the typhoon," said President of the Filipino American Club of North Texas Armando San Diego.
The collected funds will be sent over to the hardest hit areas.
While the disaster has left mountains of hardships to overcome, Deasis and San Diego are confident that their country will rebuild.
"Filipinos are very resilient and they will pick up the pieces and rebuild. No doubt about it," said Deasis.
"We're very hopeful people. We never give up," said San Diego.
Survivors of the storm are in desperate need of clean drinking water and food. The U.S. is committed to helping relief efforts, providing 20 million dollars in immediate aid.