• Operation: Seabird

    • In Response to: Typhoon Haiyan
    • Location: Tacloban City, Philippines
    • Active: Nov 10, 2013 - Nov 29, 2013

Objective

TR had deployed over 100 volunteers in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Focusing on the hard-hit city of Tacloban and the surrounding towns, TR treated over 2,100 patients with immediate medical care.

Operation Overview

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Latest Field Reports

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November 29, 2013 The second phase of our Typhoon Haiyan relief effort is winding down as all but a small demob team remains in the Philippines to transfer medical operations to Relief International, whose personnel plan to remain in Leyte Province for several months. Graphic design is the art of communication, stylizing, and problem-solving through the use of… Read More »

Latest Reflections

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June 5, 2014 Cousins Jacene and Ciro Dimson donated their birthday celebrations to support Team Rubicon's disaster relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Read More »

Supporters of Operation: Seabird

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News / Press

Thank You, Tishman Speyer

Adaptability is one of TR’s Operational Principles, and thankfully, our friends at Tishman Speyer are picking up what we’re throwing down in the disaster relief arena. In the last year, we’ve hired more staff and recruited more volunteers to aid more communities affected by disasters. So in August 2013, we moved headquarters seven miles west… Read More »

Operation: Seabird Photo Exhibit Displayed at Philippine Embassy

On Jan. 16, members of the United States Marine Corps, Mammoth Medical Missions, and Team Rubicon gathered at the Philippine Embassy for its first Talakayan sa Pasuguan Townhall Meeting of 2014 to share experiences from their disaster relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Air Force veteran Lourdes Tiglao and Army veterans Kate Oliver and… Read More »

Welcome Home

On Monday, two members of Operation: Seabird’s alpha team returned from the Philippines to Los Angeles before catching departing flights home. Tuesday evening, nine more followed. All were welcomed by volunteers and staff who helped support their efforts from afar. One member of the original team that deployed on Nov. 10 is set to return… Read More »

International Medical Corps and Team Rubicon Partnering on Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Response in the Philippines

  November 13, 2013 - Los Angeles, Calif. – International Medical Corps and Team Rubicon are working together to immediately deliver medical assistance on the ground in the Philippines following catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan. The Category 5 storm left widespread devastation and survivors in dire need of health services, clean drinking water, safe sanitation, food and critical… Read More »

Field Reports

Second Phase of Operation: Seabird Winds Down

The second phase of our Typhoon Haiyan relief effort is winding down as all but a small demob team remains in the Philippines to transfer medical operations to Relief International, whose personnel plan to remain in Leyte Province for several months. Graphic design is the art of communication, stylizing, and problem-solving through the use of… Read More »

Medical Team Providing Aid in Carigara

Currently, 65 TR volunteers are deployed on Operation: Seabird, divided among the cities of Manila, Tacloban, and Carigara. Bravo Team 1 conducted building improvements and stabilization of a field hospital in Carigara, and the 26-person DMAT is fully operational.  Yesterday, three babies were delivered while hundreds of patients waited in line to be treated. Meanwhile,… Read More »

Welcome Home

On Monday, two members of Operation: Seabird’s alpha team returned from the Philippines to Los Angeles before catching departing flights home. Tuesday evening, nine more followed. All were welcomed by volunteers and staff who helped support their efforts from afar. One member of the original team that deployed on Nov. 10 is set to return… Read More »

Escalating Relief Efforts in the Philippines

Last night, a dozen volunteers departed for Manila as TR prepares to escalate relief efforts in the Philippines. Comprised of a construction crew, WASH specialists, and several first responders, the third team to deploy on Operation: Seabird will help prepare for the arrival of nearly 100 volunteers in the days ahead. A 26-person DMAT will… Read More »

Day Four: Delivering Food and Hope to Residents of Tolosa

The day got off to a warm start, but weather does not seem to affect the team, reporting they’ve grown accustomed to steamy mornings, intermittent deluges, and waves of mosquitoes until the wind shoos them away. Sunrise at the Tacloban Airfield just in front of the FOB. Captain Trinidad of the Philippine Navy requested TR… Read More »

Update from Logistics and Field Teams

Last night, a team of five volunteers, four logisticians and one surgeon, deployed to Manila to establish a supply chain with a rear-staging area in Manila and a forward operating base in Tacloban. In addition to facilitating search and rescue, patient extraction, and medical relief, the team stationed in Tanauan is conducting assessments of the… Read More »

Search and Rescue Team Reaches Tacloban

Team Rubicon’s search and rescue team of 18 (15 from the States, three members from veterans-based relief organization Making Change in Norway) has entered the City of Tacloban. Their area of operation is in Tanauan, approximately 30 miles south, where they will connect with the surgical team from Mammoth Medical Missions. Since arriving to Tanauan… Read More »

Field Update from Tacloban

HQ is establishing a formal agreement with the Filipino government to help the field teams secure reliable transport, security, and the ability to bring medical supplies into the country unheeded. Without this agreement, it's a difficult and lengthy process to bring supplies through customs. Additionally, by securing transport for the team, TR will not be… Read More »

Wheels Down in Manila, Second Deployment Team Readies

This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the State Department's efforts to assist those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in coordination with Team Rubicon. At approximately 11:50 a.m. local time Tuesday, 15 TR volunteers touched down in Manila, and soon, they'll be transported by the Philippine Air Force in a C-130 to Tacloban City. The initial focus of… Read More »

We’re Launching Operation: Seabird

We're going up against one of the largest storms ever recorded - Super Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines Friday with massive force. Tomorrow, a team of 15 specially qualified TR volunteers from across the country along with three members from Making Change, a veterans-based relief organization in Norway, will board flights to Manila. The… Read More »

Reflections

Foregoing Birthdays to Fundraise

Cousins Jacene and Ciro Dimson donated their birthday celebrations to support Team Rubicon's disaster relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Read More »

Reflections on Operation: Seabird

Upon reflection, it’s ironic. I am one of the lucky few who work full time for Team Rubicon. I am a training associate and I help create training material for our volunteers. Sometimes, I get to write fun stuff, like chainsaw guides and rope safety guides. Sometimes, the work seems a little more mundane.The guide… Read More »

TR Photojournalist Kirk Jackson Reflects on Operation: Seabird

Day One in Tanauan It was Haiti in 2010 that we last saw this level of destruction -- a level of destruction that doesn't just leave entire cities displaced, but also strips away its infrastructure, commerce, industry, schools, agriculture, and every home within miles. Today we were airlifted via Phillipines Air Force helicopters into Tanauan,… Read More »