It’s been 48 hours since we finally got word from one of our relatives. I posted about it on Facebook and have been to busy to do anything with it here — so I’m going to just embed the Facebook post so friends who are not on Facebook will get the news. Here’s the post. I’ve been using the comments to update the story – which starts with the first word coming in from our family telling us they are safe, and which ends (as of two hours ago) with our first load of food, medicine, and a solar cell-phone charger leaving Manila for delivery in Guinob-an tomorrow. We are very blessed to know that our family is okay — but are also very conscious that many others have received no word, and are worried and anxious to get news.
Michael Sellers Still a bit of a scramble …. he’s stuck in Catbalogan — doesn’t have money to buy rice and medicine….family is hungry and in need of meds (insulin and asthma meds most urgently) ….and he can’t go back until we get money to him ….. but all of these are manageable compared to just not knowing …… very grateful to have this new level of problem to deal with….
Michael SellersDiane Miller it’s really chaos there now. The relief agencies are all in Tacloban and there is so much need there that they’re not yet getting out to the many other places that need it. Right now we’re just trying to get a full sack of rice and urgent…See More
Kevin Leversee Glad to hear it – same issue with my daughter and her mother-trying to get them funds no ATM on the island so W|U with no electricity- and alive but dealing with the aftermath. Happy they are ok.
Michael Sellers We could not get money to him — all Western Union outlets in Catbalogan are not offline because of no electricity. We’ve been on the phone with Western Union in the Philippines … the closest one they could guarantee is working is southern Leyte, w…See More
Kevin Leversee She is in Masbate Ticao island. Yes if that branch has a sister branch that is working- the deciision is made at the branch level. but yes, they can process it anywhere that is working and release it. sometimes (locals) do not know this
Michael Sellers That’s a good lead. We should share that around as there are going to be many, many folks facing this problem. It’s a far better solution than having someone mule the money down from Manila on a bus, which is what we had been considering.
Michael Sellers Update…..in the end it was impossible to get money to him — all Western Unions are not functioning on Samar (the island is big…think Pennsylvania) …..so he eventually took the money he had and bought rice. He had 2,000 pesos (about $69) and wan…See More
Michael SellersDebra Fisher … .yes, we are acutely aware of that. They are traveling in armed convoys. The government will get a handle on the banditry before long — I’m pretty confident about that. But for the next few days it is really an issue.
Denise Ilgenfritz Houghton Glad to hear the “good” news for your family, Mike. I’m ashamed to say it makes me revisit my “attitude of gratitude” and compels me to bow my head to send blessings and healing to all.
Michael Sellers Rena’s Nephew from Manila, JR, is now headed dow on a bus with a fifty pound sack of rice, a solar cell phone charger, and fifteen days suppy of medicine. Rommel will come out to meet him in Catbalogan and get the items into Lawaan.