A short text message meant the world to Lisa Galapon.
The three words, ~we are ok, TM she said.
The message assured Lisa and her husband her family survived Typhoon Haiyan.
Lisa and Victorio Galapon moved from the Philippines nine years ago to work as nurses in Edinburg.
They said the Philippines are hit by Typhoons every year, but the category five storm that made landfall Friday was like no other.
It was the strongest and most relentless, Victorio said.
The couple suffered sleepless nights as they waited for some sign that both of their families were alive.
You want to help but your helpless, Lisa said. You can TMt be with them physically and it just tears you apart.
They both learned Sunday their loved ones somehow survived.
Now they worry about their families survival after the storm.
They don TMt have anything, water, basic necessities, they don TMt have it, Victorio said.
There are reports of looting and violence as people scramble for limited supplies.
Knowing this weighs heavily on the Galapon TMs minds.
They are running out of supplies, they are running low, Lisa said. That TMs how desperate people are.
Many countries, including the United States, are sending people to deliver supplies and start the clean-up process.
The Galapon TMs feel like they are the lucky ones to have made contact with family members but they worry that help may not come soon enough.
Nearly 1,000 people are confirmed dead but officials believe the death toll is closer to 10,000.