Locals react to the power of Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan, a storm ofunprecedented force, has devastated a region of the Philippines.

As the death toll rises, there isa greater sense of urgency locally to get help to those who need it.

On Sunday NBC 10 sat downwith members of the Filipino American Association of Newport County.

They're in the process ofplanning not only fundraiser's, but donation drives.

"I think at this point intime people are willing to send blankets, clothes, that sort of thing, even nonperishable foods, but how do you get them TO the Philippines very quickly,"said Doy Heredia.

"We're going to work withthe Jesuit Foundation of the Philippines to help out, make sure the funds andeverything we send gets to the victims," said Association President ChetGotauco.

The area where the typhoonhit was already recovering from an earthquake that struck a few weeks ago

There are someamong the Rhode Island association who are still anxiously trying reach lovedones, to no avail.

"They said that they canonly cry and pray," said Cecelia Heredia.

The association isasking anyone who can, to donate money or supplies to try to alleviate the sufferingof those who survived the typhoon.

"We may ask you toopen up your hearts somehow, with any little bit that you can share, "said Larry Soriano.

Southern New Englanderswho want to help out can go to www.filamnewport.comor call (401) 864-0400