Planning Relief Efforts in the Philippines

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Relief Effort Continues In The Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan Devastation (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images/Getty)

As horrific as typhoon Haiyan's impact has been on the Philippines, it’s not the first time a typhoon of great magnitude has hit the region.

After years in the field, disaster management experts have developed a complex set of protocols for deploying help in the days and weeks after a major natural disaster like this one.

Bob Kitchen, the International Rescue Committee’s Director of Emergency Preparedness, explains some of the procedures his organization follows in situations like this.


Bob Kitchen

Produced by:

Mythili Rao


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Anny from Dallas

Please consider getting the voices of local people who are working on the ground in the Philippines. US media keeps going to expatriate journalists on the ground or talking to international aid and relief groups. Talk to people like my friends who used FB to immediately called out to friends to ask for help to move family out of the disaster area in the north of Cebu as soon as the storm passed. Or recognize the many individuals who are connecting with friends, business associates, their church groups to gather donations, package foods and other relief goods, and delivering them to victims. It's not like the Filipinos are just waiting for international help. In fact, they know how to navigate local bureaucracy and work with local leaders to get help to where it is needed. Thank goodness metropolitan Cebu was not hit badly. Cebu has the air and sea ports, the warehouses, the hospitals. Even international groups will likely have to stage there as they move smaller packages and teams to Ormoc, Tacloban and other severely affected areas. Cebu is also receiving many evacuees from Tacloban and Ormoc. Talk to someone at Sun-Star Bulletin in Cebu to get a local take.

Nov. 13 2013 03:44 PM
Joseph from Minnesota, USA

How important is GIS mapping to the initial recovery/response to such terrible events?

Nov. 13 2013 10:08 AM

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