Updated: Nov. 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. EST

Typhoon Haiyan slammed into six central Philippine islands Friday, decimating buildings and homes and claiming lives.

One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) has caused thousands of fatalities, according to local officials.

Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year.

"The devastation is, I don't have the words for it," Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said, according to Reuters. "It's really horrific. It's a great human tragedy."

The organizations below are mobilizing and deploying major disaster relief efforts. See how you can lend support, and check back for further updates.

World Food Programme
The UN's hunger-fighting organization has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organization is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.

Red Cross
The humanitarian and disaster relief organization has sent emergency responders and volunteers to provide meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter. Learn more here.

The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts. Learn more here.

AmeriCares
The emergency response and global health organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies. Learn more here.

World Vision
The Christian humanitarian organization that specifically supports families living in poverty is providing food, water and hygiene kits at the evacuation centers. World Vision was also still actively responding to last month's earthquake in Bohol, which fortunately was not struck by the eye of the storm. Learn more here.

ShelterBox
ShelterBox, an emergency relief organization, provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless. Learn more here.

UNICEF
Anticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area. Learn more here.

Salvation Army
The Christian hunger and poverty-fighting organization is allocating 100 percent of all disaster donations for relief efforts "to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors." Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.

Save The Children
The organization, which prioritizes kids' needs, has sent relief kits for children and families, including household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials. Learn more here.

Doctors Without Borders
The international medical humanitarian organization is sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, including vaccines, tents and hygiene kits. Learn more here.

Operation USA
The Los Angeles-based nonprofit is sending much-needed water purification supplies to victims and seeking corporate partners to help with delivery. Donate $10 by texting AID to 50555 or give online. Learn more here.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
The humanitarian assistance organization, which fights global poverty in 70 different countries, is sending disaster and relief development experts to aid in recovery. The organization is also empowering local partners in their efforts. Learn more here.

The Lutheran World Relief
LWR, which fights poverty by improving global health and ensuring basic human rights are met, is working with local partners to provide water, shelter, financial resources and recovery efforts. LWR is appealing for $2.5 million for its typhoon relief fund. Learn more here.

Catholic Relief Services
CRS will provide shelter, water, toilets and more. The charitable arm aims to provide temporary housing for 32,000 families in three areas. Learn more here.

Team Rubicon
The nonprofit, which galvanizes first responders and veterans to help in times of crises, has sent a group of specialists to aid in search-and rescue, medical triage and medical relief. A second team will be deployed Nov. 12 to create a supply chain for field work. Learn more here.

International Medical Corps
The emergency response team is providing infection control, clean water and food to families in the hardest hit areas. Learn more here.

The International Rescue Committee
The organization, which specializes in humanitarian crises, is sending a relief team to help provide water and sanitation systems. Learn more here.

Action Against Hunger
The international poverty-fighting nonprofit, which provides sustainable global food and water solutions, is distributing drinking water, buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. It's also providing sanitation equipment to help prevent waterborne diseases. Learn more here.

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  • Survivors bring bags of rice from a warehouse which they stormed due to shortage of food at typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Personnel of the Philippines Army 51st engineer corps load water for victims of Typhoon Haiyan at Villamor Air Force Base in Manila, Philippines, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • Residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013, following Friday's super typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013, following Friday's typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013, following Friday's typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013, following Friday's typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013, following Friday's typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • This aerial photo taken from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • An aerial image taken from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation of the first landfall by typhoon Haiyan, Monday Nov. 11, 2013 in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Soldiers prepare to load food supplies to a Philippine Air Force helicopter at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013, following Friday's typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • A young survivor carries a bag of rice from a warehouse which they stormed due to shortage of food at Typhoon Haiyan-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • A man walks home with his son Monday Nov. 11, 2013 following Friday's devastating typhoon that lashed Hernani township, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • This aerial photo taken from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Residents walk past the debris as others rebuild their houses Monday Nov. 11, 2013 following Friday's devastating typhoon that lashed Hernani township, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Survivors move past the damages caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • A survivor walks beside a ship that was washed ashore hitting makeshift houses near an oil depot in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Residents rebuild their homes Monday Nov. 11, 2013 following Friday's typhoon Haiyan, that lashed Hernani township, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Government troopers secure a downtown street to maintain order as reports of rampant looting spreads in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • A man, holding a boy, walks past dead bodies along the streets in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • A mother cries in relief upon boarding a Philippine Air Force helicopter, Monday Nov. 11, 2013 following Friday's typhoon Haiyan which lashed Guiuan township, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Residents watch as others throw goods from a warehouse in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, after typhoon Haiyan devastated the town Friday. (AP Photo/Ted Aljibe, Pool)

  • Residents rebuild their homes Monday Nov.11, 2013 following Friday's typhoon Haiyan that lashed Hernani township, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Survivors carry bags of rice from a warehouse which they stormed due to shortage of food at typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Survivors move past the damages caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport Monday Nov.11, 2013, following Friday's typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • This image provided by NASA shows Typhoon Haiyan taken by Astronaut Karen L. Nyberg aboard the International Space Station Saturday Nov. 9, 2013.

  • Residents look at bodies brought inside a damaged chapel Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, a day after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed Tacloban city, in Leyte province in central Philippines.

  • A boy walks past the devastation brought about by powerful typhoon Haiyan at Tacloban city, in Leyte province in central Philippines Saturday Nov. 9, 2013.

  • A man sits in the debris with an uprooted tree seen in background, after powerful typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban, central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

  • Survivors walk along a dark city as electricity has been cut after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

  • A Philippine flag stands amongst the damage caused after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

  • A woman stands amidst the devastation brought about by powerful Typhoon Haiyan at Tacloban city, in Leyte province, central Philippines Saturday Nov. 9, 2013.

  • A survivor carries relief goods amongst the devastation after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

  • A resident sifts through the rubble of his damaged house following a powerful typhoon that hit Tacloban city, in Leyte province, central Philippines Saturday Nov.9, 2013.

  • Tacloban city, devastated by powerful Typhoon Haiyan, is seen in Leyte province, central Philippines Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

  • Soldiers load relief supplies for airlift to affected areas Saturday Nov. 9, 2013, a day after powerful typhoon hit Tacloban city, in Leyte province in central Philippines.

  • In this image provided by NOAA Friday Nov. 8, 2013 which was taken at 12:30 a.m. EST shows Typhoon Haiyan as it crosses the Philippines.

  • A resident walks past high waves pounding the sea wall amidst strong winds as Typhoon Haiyan hit the city of Legaspi, Albay province, south of Manila on November 8, 2013.

  • A house is engulfed by the storm surge brought about by powerful typhoon Haiyan that hit Legazpi city, Albay province Friday Nov.8, 2013.

  • Residents clear a road after trees were toppled by strong winds at the onslaught of powerful typhoon Haiyan that hit the island province of Cebu, Philippines, Friday Nov. 8, 2013.

  • Soldiers make the rounds to enforce the evacuation of residents as powerful typhoon Haiyan hits Legazpi city, Albay province about 325 miles south of Manila, Philippines Friday.

  • Fisherman repair their outrigger on the shore of Manila bay as Typhoon Haiyan approached on November 7, 2013. (JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Fisherman repair their outrigger on the shore of Manila bay as Typhoon Haiyan approached on November 7, 2013. (JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Fisherman repair their outrigger on the shore of Manila bay as Typhoon Haiyan approached on November 7, 2013. (JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Fisherman's outrigger are anchored on the shore of Manila bay as Typhoon Haiyan approached on November 7, 2013. (JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Fisherman's outrigger are anchored on the shore of Manila bay as Typhoon Haiyan approached on November 7, 2013. (JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This image provided by the U.S. Naval Research Lab shows Typhoon Haiyan taken by the NEXSAT satellite Thursday Nov. 7, 2013 at 2:30 a.m. EDT. (AP Photo/US Naval Research Lab)