Wheels Down in Manila, Second Deployment Team Readies

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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.

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 Operation: Seabird remains to be search and rescue, patient extraction, and medical triage supporting a field hospital stood up by Mammoth Medical Missions, whose staff have already conducted 55 surgeries.  According to Philippine officials in Manila, TR is the only confirmed official search and rescue organization in the area. A secondary team of 3-4 volunteers will deploy for the Philippines on Tuesday evening to establish a supply chain for the team in the field.

Those who are seeking loved ones in the Philippines are encouraged to utilize the Google Person Finder for Typhoon Haiyan as well as the Philippine Red Cross Tracing Form.

Last night, CBS News joined our crew before departing from LAX.  Click below to watch the story.

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