Lets all send positive thoughts to the Filippinos that their loved ones are safe and loss of life is minimal.
The scope of that disaster appears to be horrendous. Even though it's on the other side of the world from many of us here (although certainly not all of us here), there are still things we can do. The spiritual and religious among us can send prayers and "positive thoughts." Others can donate to charities that will soon be in the Philippines distributing food and water, in an effort to stave off widespread disease and starvation.
I lived in the Philippines for a number of years and can tell you that due to its topography, it faces some unique challenges when it comes to dealing with these sorts of natural disasters. Much of the country is mountainous, so clean water and food supplies will have a very difficult time getting through to the hardest-hit areas. Also, the Philippines is one of the poorest countries in the world, so many people live on the sort of subsistence food supply that you just walk to the market every day to get. For example, when I lived there, our housegirl asked us to please not throw away any of the bottles or jars that the food came in. She would carefully wash them and then take them to the market to sell. I was surprised, since in my world, many foodstuffs come in jars and bottles, and if you needed some extra, you just didn't throw those away. The notion of buying used jars and bottles was completely new to me.
But she pointed out that when she and her friends and family went shopping at the market, what they bought never came in jars. Instead it was (like rice, fish, etc.) usually wrapped into banana leaves or used newspaper and then tied with twine. If you were buying oil or some sort of liquid, you took your own container. If you wanted jars or bottles, you had to buy them from the jar & bottle stall.
When a disaster like this hits anywhere on the planet, it's always arbitrary and heart-wrenchingly difficult. But, it seems to me that it's even more difficult and unfair when it hits a place that's so poor. More affluent and modern nations can recover so much more readily.
I'm sure this storm has demolished so many of the food sources that people depend upon - proteins like chickens, pigs, seafood, etc.; and the growing produce - mangos, coconuts, pineapple, bananas.
And of course, calamansi.