Thinking about that monster storm in the Philippines, I am reminded of a charity I donated to a while ago, called Shelterbox. Having done some work in disaster relief in the past, these guys really fucking thought things through. http://www.shelterbox.org/
They provide shelter and survival equipment for an extended family, meant to last for a while so they can remain at their home and work on rebuilding their lives and communities. Like a FEMA trailer should have worked. If you want to donate to help these victims (granted they take on the Philippines disaster victims - they cannot go everywhere), I highly recommend going through Shelterbox.
Major problems when donations come in for something like this, that are addressed by the Shelterbox:
-items that are not needed, or too many of one item and not enough of another
-money needs to be spent somewhere, and usually these areas cannot get vital supplies easily - putting a heavy burden on organizations like the Red Cross when they have a sudden influx of funds
-when people are unable to stay in their home, it is second best that they stay near it or on their property. Shelterbox is specifically for that purpose - this gives the devastated family a much higher chance of a successful recovery, economically, and eases the emotional pain of having to leave home after it has been lost.
-the box is geared toward survival and self-sustenance, to minimize the amount a family may depend on assistance from others
I am so heartbroken for what is happening in the Philippines.