After an emotional wait, a Thunder Bay woman has finally heard from her family in the Philippines.

Since Typhoon Haiyan struck, Teresita Marsh has been trying to reach her parents and siblings who live near the hardest-hit city.

Marsh said she finally heard her sister's voice on the phone on Thursday.

“My sister just said, ‘it's OK.’ They're happy,” she said. “We're lucky that, you know, everybody's alive.”

Marsh said her family lost their home to the typhoon and plans to send some money to help them rebuild.

Marsh moved to Thunder Bay from the Philippines when she was 25. Her parents, siblings, nieces and nephews are still there.

Her family lives in Ormoc city, about 105 km from Tacloban.

Marsh said hearing her sister's voice was "overwhelming."  Her sister told her everyone was doing well, including their parents, who are in their 80s.

Marsh said her family is lucky because they own a rice farm and can live off a stock of rice.

The last time she saw her family was when she went to the Philippines in 2010.