Typhoon Hagupit Response
Typhoon Hagupit, made landfall on the province Eastern Samar, Philippines on Saturday, December 6, and is continuing its course through Manila. The typhoon's maximum sustained 1-minute wind speed was 180 mph, making it one of the most powerful typhoons of 2014. While the storm has now been downgraded from a Category 5 typhoon to a Category 3 tropical cyclone, it has still caused widespread damage, toppling trees, leveling houses, cutting off power and communications, as well as killing at least 27 people.
Airlink worked with All Hands Volunteers, Mammoth Medical Missions, Rescue Global, and Team Rubicon to deploy reconnaissance, damage assessment, and emergency medical teams to the area both before and after the storm.
All Hands Volunteers staff from Project Leyte (the sole remaining project following 2013's Typhoon Haiyan) lent a hand in surrounding regions, organizing local volunteers, working with the city to help clear debris from damaged homes and businesses as well as packaging and distributing rice and canned goods to those in need. Throughout January 2015, All Hands have committed a team of volunteers with the assistance of two staff members to help the western coast village of Calampong, in the municipality of Pinabacdao, recover from the natural disaster. Main jobs will include repairing damaged boats, clearing debris, bringing down unsafe structures, chainsawing fallen trees to open access roads and fishing net repair.