Search and Rescue Team Reaches Tacloban

Search and Rescue Team Reaches Tacloban
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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.

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 two days ago, Mammoth has performed nearly 100 operations, many of which have been amputations. Their chief medical officer reports that nearly 100 percent of patients arriving to the field hospital are already carrying infection.

Tonight at 2245 PST, TR deploys a second team of four logisticians in order to establish a rear-staging area in Manila along with a forward-staging area in Tacloban. By this Saturday, a third team consisting of additional search and rescue specialists, doctors and WASH (Water and Sanitation for Health) specialists.

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Search and rescue team transfers gear and medical supplies from Direct Relief, Inc. at the Manila airport before departing to Tacloban.
Search and rescue team transfers gear and medical supplies from Direct Relief International at the Manila airport before departing to Tacloban.