Escalating Relief Efforts in the Philippines

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Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

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 fly out on Sunday to replace Mammoth Medical Missions, whose surgeons demobilized after performing more than 150 operations and exhausting their supplies. Additional TR volunteers will deploy to conduct assessments, clear debris, and manage relief distribution operations as needed. The area of operation is yet to be determined but expected to be in Tanauan or Tolosa, while the FOB remains at the Tacloban Airfield.

Currently, 23 volunteers are on the ground, working with the USMC and the Philippine military to conduct assessments in outlying communities and reporting needs to other NGOs and relief organizations mobilizing a response. The first deployment team, which departed on Nov. 10, is expected to return mid-week.

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