Nearly a week after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan rocked the Philippines, Chicagoans are stepping up efforts to get much-needed aid to survivors as fast as possible.

According to CBS Chicago, the Philippines consulate in Chicago received more than 5,000 calls from people trying to connect with loved ones on the island.

The typhoon, which made landfall Friday, walloped the small island with 147-mph winds leaving potentially thousands dead. Survivors, meanwhile, are reportedly in desperate need for food, clothing and medicine.

(EARLIER: How To Help Typhoon Haiyan Survivors)

For many of Chicago's Filipino residents, helping with relief efforts is a way to possibly help loved ones abroad.

"I know there's a lot of families here who still have family in the Philippines," Thelma Bascos, president of the Filipino American Council of Chicago, told DNAinfo Chicago. "They're nervous. There's no way to get in touch with people there."

Already, donations of food, clothes and medicine poured into sites like Uptown's Rizal Center Chicago, according to ABC Chicago.

Wednesday evening, a C130 cargo plane is landing in town to pick up donated items bound for the Red Cross in the Philippines, Fox Chicago reports.

As the FACC and other groups round up donations to benefit the Philippine Red Cross, Bascos and other officials are urging people to donate money rather than clothing and food.

“Some of the clothes, some of the canned goods coming from countries that are the opposite side of the world might reach the Philippines 30 days later,” Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim told CBS.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan also warned people to beware of scams and offered tips on ensuring donations go to reputable charities.

"In the wake of such massive destruction, people understandably want to do what they can to help others in need,” Madigan said. “Unfortunately, scam artists try to take advantage of this goodwill."

HOW TO SUPPORT LOCAL TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF EFFORTS:

Checks benefiting the Filipino Red Cross can be made out to "FACC" -- the Filipino American Council of Chicago -- and dropped off at the group's headquarters, 1332 W. Irving Park Rd.

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is raising funds as well, and donations can be made, online, by phone (call 312-444-2869) or by sending a check to the Jewish Federation Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, Room 3022, 30 S. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60606.

Visit ChicagoPride.com for a list of upcoming benefit events.

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  • Stuffed toys are placed on a clothes line for drying along a road in Quinapundan town, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines on November 19, 2013. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A boy plays amongst the rubble in Tolosa District on November 19, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • A man throws debris onto a fire as he cleans up his home in Tanauan on November 19, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • Market stall holders trade goods in Tacloban on November 19, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Two broken palm trees stand snapped in half on the beach near Tananau on November 19, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    A man sits among uprooted oconut trees and houses destroyed during the typhoon in a small settlement on the outskirts of Tacloban on November 19, 2013. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A crewman watches out the back hatch of a US Marines Osprey aircraft as it returns to Tacloban Airport on November 19, 2013. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Mary Joy Ducusin holds his picture after finding her missing six year old son, British citizen Jairo Ben among the bodies brought to one of three mass burial sites where they so far have received more than one thousand typhoon victims in Tacloban on November 19, 2013. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Two boys on a bicycle covers their nose and mouths as they pass body bags with 170 dead collected from the rubble at the 'Cemetery of the hills', one of three mass burial sites where they so far have received one thousand typhoon victims in Tacloban on November 19, 2013. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Children walk at the site of a bunker fuel spill in an area devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan on the coast of Estancia in the province of Iloilo on November 18, 2013. (JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An aerial view of the devastated district of Palo in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 18, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

  • An elderly man stands near fires used for light and to burn refuse in an area destroyed in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 18, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

  • Residents grab for aid dropped by helicopter in an area destroyed in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 18, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

  • Residents play basketball with a makeshift net in an area destroyed in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 18, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

  • The ECHO team first on the ground in rural Leyte province.

  • Devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

  • A house destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines Nov 8, 2013.

  • Aftermath of the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Debris washed up clogs the coastline near the pier in the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar province, central Philippines on November 11, 2013, four days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the country. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Residents take a bath and wash their belongings next to debris along a road in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A resident covering his face with a mask rides past dead bodies littered along a road in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A resident cries as she related her ordeal at the height of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit the city on November 8. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Residents walk through debris and victim's bodies in Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit the city on November 8.(TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Children cycles past a dead body on a street at Tacloban, eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Bodies wrapped in blankets are placed inside a damaged chapel Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, a day after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed Tacloban city, in Leyte province, central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Residents walk by debris after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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    Tacloban Airport is covered by debris after powerful Typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban city, in Leyte province in central Philippines, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • 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. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • A house is engulfed by the storm surge brought about by powerful typhoon Haiyan that hit Legazpi city, Albay province Friday Nov.8, 2013 about 520 kilometers ( 325 miles) south of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Nelson Salting)

  • Residents watch as others throw looted goods from a warehouse in the town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on November 11, 2013, only days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the town on November 8. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Residents watch as others throw looted goods from a warehouse in the town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on November 11, 2013, only days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the town on November 8. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Residents carry water-damaged sacks of rice from a rice warehouse in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 11, 2013. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A military helicopter delivering relief food prepares to land at the airport next to broken coconut trees in the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on November 11, 2013 only days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the town on November 8. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A young survivor rests on a pedicab surrounded by debris caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 11, 2013. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • People walk amongst debris next to a ship washed ashore in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan at Anibong in Tacloban, eastern island of Leyte on November 11, 2013. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A resident who survived Typhoon Haiyan cries inside a stadium used as an evacuation centre in Tacloban, Leyte province, central Philippines on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit the city on November 8. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Residents push an improvised trolley loaded with an injured relative as they head for a medical station in Tacloban City, Leyte province,central Philippines on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit the city on November 8. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Residents carry a mattres taken from a hotel in Palo, eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the area on November 8. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Children peek out from their makeshift shelter in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Typhoon Haiyan survivor burns debris in front of the ruins of his home in the village of Marabut, Samar Island, Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • A Typhoon Haiyan survivor carries a child wrapped in a towel as he watches a helicopter landing to bring aid to the destroyed town of Guiuan, Samar Island, Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • A Filipino woman embraces her good luck dwarf statue salvaged from her destroyed home in an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • As the sun sets, it lights the sky over the area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban, central Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • U.S. military personnel carry relief supplies to a waiting U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopter from the USS George Washington at the airport landing zone in Tacloban, central Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Despite living in the massive typhoon aftermath, young girls get to play in a dog house in Tacloban, central Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • A Filipino pedicab driver pedals past damaged homes at typhoon hit Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • American military personnel load relief aid on to a US Navy Seahawk helicopter from the USS George Washington carrier at a landing zone a the airport in Tacloban, central Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • A box of noodles donated by Filipino workers is packed to ship to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines at an express company in a Hong Kong shopping mall Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Typhoon survivors charge their mobile phones, flash lights at a street in Tacloban, central Philippines, Friday Nov. 15. 2013. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Typhoon survivors who have been waiting to be evacuated for days at the airport in Tacloban, reach out for biscuits distributed by Philippines soldiers, in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • A Filipino trooper distributes water to survivors waiting for a military flight to Manila as they flee typhoon hit Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)