Second Phase of Operation: Seabird Winds Down

Second Phase of Operation: Seabird Winds Down
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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.

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.

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Operation: Seabird began with an alpha team of 15 who deployed on Nov. 10 to facilitate search and rescue operations, conduct damage assessments, and provide medical aid alongside a surgical team with Mammoth Medical Missions.

On Veterans Day, Operation: Seabird's alpha team deployed to Manila to provide relief in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
On Veterans Day, Operation: Seabird’s alpha team deployed to the Philippines to provide relief in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Less than a week later, a DMAT deployed to provide mobile medical care and assist in field hospitals and clinics established in Carigara and Tacloban, where more than 2,000 patients were treated and/or vaccinated.

A 26-person DMAT treated hundreds of patients in field hospitals established in Carigara and Tacloban.
A 26-person DMAT treated hundreds of patients, many children, in field hospitals and clinics located in Carigara and Tacloban.
Mobile medical teams patrolled villages on foot to provide on-site care and refer patients with urgent needs to nearby hospitals.
Mobile medical teams patrolled villages on foot to provide on-site care and refer patients with urgent needs to nearby hospitals.

Ongoing medical relief was made possible by teams of logisticians and builders who secured a supply chain and improved structures that allowed the DMAT to provide much-needed treatment.

A team of builders stabilized and weather-proofed structures to shelter patients.
A team of builders stabilized and weather-proofed structures to shelter patients.

A third phase of Operation: Seabird is currently being evaluated. In total, 86 volunteers have been deployed to the Philippines, making the operation TR’s largest international mission to date.