Disaster Assessment and Support
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines displacing millions of individuals, destroying telecommunications and power infrastructure, fishing and farming industries, and many critical health related services. The hospital in Guiuan that provides medical services to over 50,000 patients each year was destroyed. Roads were impassable and there were no relief teams in the Eastern Samar area as of November 13, 2013.
IGR Ready collaborated with and provided support for a team (Delta Spirit 2013) of Emergency Management Professionals with a diverse array of skills including Incident Management, Medical Triage and Treatment, and Logistical Management to execute a one-week engagement in coordination with the Paibare Legacy Corps and Operation Blessing to: a) Build an emergency operations center (EOC) and train a local NGO in using incident management principles, b) create an Air Bridge from Manila to Guiuan, and c) support incoming demand for medical services.
Thanks to the generosity of Etihad Airways and AIRLINK, IGR Ready was able to safely deliver 385 pounds (175kg) of relief supplies to those in need in the aftermath of the typhoon.
- An Air Bridge was created with local cargo services
- 100 tons of food, water, and medicine were moved to the Airhead in Guiuan.
- Hundreds of patients were treated in Guiuan, Mercedes, Lawaan, Hernani, and Salcedo.
- An EOC was established, local NGO’s were trained to maintain the EOC, Future Public Health needs were assessed, and planning for long term Public Health recovery was initiated.