In the wake of any natural disaster, there are almost always shortages of fuel. This was certainly the case in the aftermath and destruction of Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Super Typhoon Yolanda) in the Philippines – where practically no fuel was available after the typhoon struck. (

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical storms on record, caused tremendous damage when it made landfall in the Philippines in November 2013. More than 6,000 people were killed. Thousands of homes were destroyed. Over 14 million Filipinos, including nearly 6 million children, were affected. (Source: UNICEF)

Street in Tacloban City near where FRF was fueling

Fuel Relief Fund (FRF) deployed to Tacloban City shortly after the typhoon to capitol city of the Philippines Leyte province. FRF provided fuel (gasoline and diesel) to assist individuals affected by the typhoon, other non-profit non-government organizations, medical groups, the United Nations and affiliated agencies, local police departments, and many more for use in generators and vehicles; and to assist in the relief efforts.

The FRF team operated out of several local service stations (including Petron) at the outset of the deployment, where the team initiated distribution of fuel to government and first responders, United Nations agencies, and to non-government and relief agencies to assist people in need. The fueling then concentrated on providing direct relief to affected local communities, with one of the stations servicing individuals and families that needed fuel for vehicles and generators. In addition to the local fuel stations mentioned above, FRF set up multiple fuel distribution points around the country. Finally, FRF initiated mobile operations to expand relief coverage to surrounding communities in Northern Leyte, the fishing village of Carigara, the inland village of Alangalang, and many others.

The fuel that FRF provided was critical to keep generators, lights, equipment, and vehicles running of the many government and relief agencies operating after typhoon Haiyan. It sustained the relief work being done in Tacloban City and across the country, allowing aid organizations to fuel vehicles and mobile generators to travel into the outlying communities and provide aid, food, medical attention, and other critical services for the people in these towns and villages. Among many organizations working after typhoon Haiyan, FRF partnered with and provided fuel to the United Nations, the Red Cross, UNICEF, Doctors without Borders. The services FRF were noted by United Nations agencies to be crucial to the humanitarian relief efforts. Through strong collaboration with UN actors, FRF gained rapid access to affected communities in parts of the country made largely inaccessible due to damage of the typhoon. This strengthened our ability to reach greater numbers of people in need of relief.

FRF is a global, non-profit organization providing free fuel immediately after a major disaster. Our teams have responded to major disasters including Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Japan’s earthquake and tsunami mega-disaster, the Van earthquake in Turkey, Hurricane Sandy and more.