OAKLAND -- Responding to the devastation wrought when Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines last week, Alameda County is reactivating its disaster relief fund to raise money for the victims.
The fund allows the county government's roughly 9,000 workers and anyone else in the community to donate money that officials say will go directly to victims of the deadly typhoon.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors activated the fund Wednesday. It last used the fund to respond to the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan in 2011, and before that for 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the tsunami that devastated parts of South Asia in 2004.
The county first created the fund in response to the Sept. 11, 200,1 terrorist attacks.
"Just as communities in Alameda County and throughout the Bay Area have been aided in their recovery from natural disasters due to the generosity of others, we are answering the call to assist the people of the Philippines who urgently need our help," said Supervisor Keith Carson, the board's president, in a written statement.
Along with raising cash donations, the county is giving its workers the option to donate up to five days of accrued vacation or other time off.
Donors can send personal checks payable to the Alameda County Disaster Relief Fund, c/o the Auditor-Controller Agency, 1221 Oak Street, Room 238, Oakland CA 94612. More information is available at www.acgov.org.