On November 3rd Super Typhoon Haiyan formed in the Pacific Ocean, the width of the entire US east coast, with the fastest wind speed on record. The typhoon was so large it had to be measured via satellite imagery. As the storm approached Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) prepared to respond with all available assets and stood up an assessment and communications team arriving immediately after flights resumed. As the aftermath of the storm became clear, Global DIRT put a medical and K-9 rescue team on standby, which is now mobilizing to deploy to Tacloban City, Philippines while the other teams conduct recon and deploy large scale communications assets donated from CISCO, GATR, and New Spirit Alliance.
In the coming days DIRT teams will begin coordinating relief flights of personnel and supplies while facilitating last-mile delivery of mission critical supplies. Assets are also being mobilized to coordinate large scale mapping of the impact zone for other responding agencies. The situation is dire as millions of people are left without food, water, shelter, and critical infrastructure. They are resorting to sleeping in the continuous rain storms, and are left with the choice of attempting to drink contaminated groundwater, or sea water. As the situation develops we will continue to press forward putting victims first and coordinating the movement of critical air and sea cargo to facilitate life-saving efforts.
Global DIRT is seeking to actively raise funds to continue the response to Super Typhoon Haiyan. If economically possible, please consider donating today to aid in the relief effort. Global DIRT is an all volunteer organization that strives to keep administration costs at zero and is putting all donations made for field response efforts. Every dollar matters as we continue to engage in the ongoing lifesaving efforts in the Philippines. To donate today please click the DONATE link on the right hand side of this page.
We will continuously update this page as time permits with details of our movements.
UPDATE 11/14/2013 11:37AM UTC+8: We have confirmation on additional DIRT personnel arriving, including K9s. Team is arriving from Colorado (dogs too), New York, New Jersey, and Iowa. Our assessment team in the Philippines is securing a warehouse for medical team lodging, equipment, and communications.