Responding to Typhoon Haiyan

November 11, 2013

To the members of the MIT Community:

The terrible destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines reminds us of the immense force of Nature, the vulnerability of human beings and the bonds that connect us to communities a world away. On behalf of MIT, I extend our deepest condolences to the people of the Philippines.

A great deal remains uncertain. For now, we are attempting to reach out to our Filipino students, faculty and staff to understand their needs and offer our support. If you are aware of someone in our community suffering the effects of this tragedy, please let my office know.

More broadly, MIT has a range of research ties to the Philippines, as well as expertise and technologies developed in response to past natural disasters. Faculty Chair Steven Hall has agreed to work with Acting Provost Marty Schmidt to explore ways that MIT might help the people of the Philippines in their recovery.

As plans evolve, I will make sure to keep the community informed.

In sympathy,

L. Rafael Reif


If, in response to this tragedy, you feel you might benefit from professional support or counseling, please contact MIT Medical's Mental Health Service at 617-253-2916. Student Support Services is also available at 617-253-4861.