I've added a new list of Haiyan/Yolanda Links, in the far right column. It's really just a way for me to save time while looking for news to post about, but I hope you find it useful also. If you know of other good, frequently updated sites, please let me know.
Obviously I don't do this for every outbreak or disaster, but in this case we're looking a major public-health crisis in a country of 96 million people. It will be a challenge to the whole country. Its healthcare system will be brutally stressed; its economy will probably suffer; its political system, already considered the most corrupt in East Asia, will have to battle itself as well as the disaster if it's to help the millions of Filipinos displaced and dispossessed by Haiyan.
Whether or not Haiyan was itself a product of global warming, it was only the latest in a string of worsening storms, not to mention earthquakes. More storms will come; eventually one of them, possibly Haiyan-sized or even worse, will hit Manila's 12 million residents, many of them no better housed than the people of Tacloban. If the government on that unhappy day has not responded wisely and competently to Haiyan, it will be discredited and delegitimized overnight.
At bottom, every nation's people has an unspoken compact with its government: You take care of us and we'll put up with you—your posturing, your crookedness, even your incompetence. But at some point, if things go wrong when you could have prevented it, or least mitigated it, you're gone.
So all 21st-century governments, of whatever political stripe, should be watching the Philippines closely, and taking notes. Send not to ask for whom the typhoon blows; it blows for them.