Pegy Serabia said she keeps watching the horrific images of the disaster scene and wants to know what has become of her brother, his wife and their four young children.
"We're just trying to find any kind of information he can to know that he's okay," Serabia said.
They live in Ormoc City on the island of Leyte. Ormoc means 'lowlands' in Tagalog, the Filipino language and sits right on the bay.
"Are the kids okay? Do they need food, do they need water?" she said.
Peggy's brother owns a taxi business in the remote area. His home is made of concrete and is far sturdier than much of the regular housing in that region.
Peggy hopes that home gave his family a better chance of weathering the typhoon.
Adding to her tension: Peggy's husband is an ex-patriot of the Philippines and he has not been able to contact relatives in his homeland.
"I did read that they have not been able to reach that city yet, so we just pray. We pray every day," Peggy said.
So, while awaiting word, Peggy went to work on Tuesday, joining others in packing shoeboxes for needy children overseas.