| Dec 12, 2014
Typhoon Hagupit (Typhoon Ruby) hit land in the Philippines on Saturday, December 6th. The typhoon weakened to a category 3 storm, two notches below a "super typhoon", and only minimal destruction has been reported in Tacloban and other areas recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan (Yolonda).
On Tuesday, December 9th, MTI sent a team to assess the damage of the storm. This team will assess health needs in the hardest hit area and first responder training for disaster preparation. They will also determine any further training needs.
Check out these photos we just received from our team in the Philippines!
MTI Team Coordinator, Debbie Bailey, surveys the ruins of a ship left from Typhoon Haiyan's destruction.
Jerome Eguillos, a firefighter with the Filipino Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade, points to the rooftop where he and his volunteers rescued stranded families during Typhoon Haiyan. He says the training he received from MTI after the disaster better prepared him and his team for future emergencies.
Renovations continue at MTI's Tacloban-based partner hospital, RTR Hospital. New dormitories are being built for nursing students displaced by Typhoon Haiyan.
Wreckage from Typhoon Haiyan is still evident in some parts of Tacloban.
MTI Volunteer, Dan Livengood, left, and Team Coordinator, Debbie Bailey, right, talk with Linet Ryzel Jo of the Tacloban Filipino Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade about improvements made to emergency coordination in the lead-up to Typhoon Hagupit.
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