November 12, 2013
As more photos and stories of absolute devastation come out of the Philippines, Mercy Corps is focused on the relief effort that is critical to saving lives in these early days.
Our ability to quickly reach survivors in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan is only possible with your support.
Heavy rains continue to fall and the challenges are clear — communications are still spotty and transportation to the hardest-hit areas is impaired by damaged airports and seaports. But our experienced emergency responders are well-prepared to navigate the devastation.
Meet our team leaders who are deployed to begin delivering relief to affected families:
Philippines response team
Emergency Response Team LeaderMark Ferdig brings extensive crisis experience to lead our Philippines emergency response. He was on the ground in Aceh, Indonesia after 2004’s Indian Ocean tsunami and knows well the challenges of reaching survivors in post-disaster environments. He just returned from visiting Syrian refugee communities in Lebanon and is now working to rush critical supplies to Filipino families on the hardest-hit islands.
Director of Strategic Response & Global EmergenciesMichael Bowers leads Mercy Corps’ team of first responders to conflict zones and natural disasters. He is overseeing partnerships to quickly ramp up relief efforts in the Philippines. With over a decade of experience directing programs in war-torn regions including the Balkans, Afghanistan and Pakistan, he’s most recently focused on our work helping millions of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.
Emergency Water and Sanitation LeaderMugur Dumitrache has stepped into the aftermath of dozens of disasters — including Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis, Indonesia’s West Sumatra earthquake, and the earthquake in Haiti — with engineering expertise to get water where there is none. In the Philippines, he will once again address the need for clean water and quickly identify solutions to prevent the spread of illness.
Emergency Team CommunicationsCassandra Nelson has been deployed to numerous emergencies, including the Haiti earthquake, Horn of Africa and Sahel hunger crises, the Sudanese civil war, and most recently the Syria refugee crisis. She will report on the situation on the ground and meet with survivors to hear their stories and document their needs.
|Several members of our Indonesia Response Team are also deploying to the Philippines, including experts in logistics and distributions. Nearly every year, they respond to floods, storms and other crises in the disaster-prone country.The entire team will include about 10 experienced responders and will likely double by next week.|
As this team heads out to the hardest-hit areas, you can mobilize your community to support their efforts on the ground. Start an online fundraising campaign to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan survivors.
We’ll keep you connected with updates from the field at www.mercycorps.org/haiyan.
Thank you for your help that is so vital now for families in the Philippines.
Mercy Corps CEO