| Dec 05, 2014
As you have no doubt seen in the news, Typhoon Hagupit (named Typhoon Ruby in the Philippines) is expected to hit or pass near areas yet to recover from last year’s Typhoon Haiyan. Typhoon Hagupit’s maximum sustained 1-minute wind speed is between 150-180 mph (241 – 290 kms/h) and is due to hit land on Saturday evening (local time).
Over the past six months, Medical Teams International has sent MTI paramedics to train local emergency responders in Tacloban to increase the skill level of local responders for these types of emergencies. Today, local responders in Tacloban are better prepared for tonight’s potential typhoon, and have told MTI staff, “We are ready!”
Local residents, many of them still living in temporary shelters, are moving away from coastal areas. In Tacloban, 38,000 people from coastal villages are in 26 evacuation centers. Up to 500,000 people have been evacuated and the Philippine government is positioning food for distribution after the typhoon hits.
MTI is committed to helping with disaster relief in the Philippines, if needed, after this typhoon. We are tracking the storm to determine the level of destruction. It will be determined on Monday if we will activate our Incident Command System “Emergency Operations Center” and deploy a team with prepared medical supplies on Tuesday, 9 December.
Please pray for the Philippines!
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