Los Angeles News
LOS ANGELES—Local charity group, Team Rubicon, sent volunteers to assist in recovery efforts following Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines on Friday, November 8.
Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization of military veterans and first responders based in El Segundo, launched Operation Seabird to help the millions of people affected by the typhoon.
The organization announced on its website that a team of 15 specially-qualified volunteers was deployed to the hardest-hit city of
Mammoth Medical Missions set up the temporary hospital that has 17 surgeons able to service up to 100 patients at a time. According to Team Rubicon’s latest news post on November 12, more than 100 surgeries have been performed as of Tuesday, November 12. Most of the operations are amputations, with the chief medical officer reporting that nearly every patient arriving to the field hospital is carrying infection.
Operation Seabird volunteers took off from LAX airport Sunday night outfitted with packages of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as protective clothing and utilities to sustain themselves for several days upon arriving in the disaster-stricken areas.
The volunteers reportedly landed in Manila around 11:50 a.m. local time on Tuesday and were transported by the Philippine Air Force in a C-130 to Tacloban City, according to a Team Rubicon news post. Philippine officials in
The U.S. Department of State declared on Veteran’s Day that it was working with Team Rubicon to help execute Operation Seabird in the
Operation Seabird announced that it would be sending a secondary team of four logisticians the night of November 12 “to establish a supply chain for the team in the field” and a third team of “additional search and rescue specialists, doctors and
The volunteers, selected from all over the country, were screened on criteria such as medical certifications, search and rescue experience, availability, and TR volunteer history. On Tuesday, November 12, Operation Seabird declared that after two days of traveling, the team was finally in Tacloban and heading 30 miles south to Tanauan where the Mammoth Medical Missions hospital is located.
The category-5 Super Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest tropical cyclone of the year and possibly in recorded history. The U.S. Navy's
The Philippine government latest update as of November 12 stated Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Typhoon Yolanda, affected 6.9 million people with 319,867 displaced persons at evacuation centers.
Team Rubicon encourages those interested in helping volunteers provide disaster relief for victims of Typhoon Haiyan to donate money on their website. The Operation Seabird Campaign hopes to raise $125,000, and all donations will be matched by their supporters; the Tecovas Foundation, Toast our Vets, an anonymous donor from NYC, Lucy Monroe and the
The veterans’ disaster relief group also invites individuals with relevant medical experience to register by following a link on their Facebook page, stating that they would contact those whose “background meets the needs of this complex mission.”
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