VIRGINIA BEACH -- The Virginia Beach-based humanitarian organization, Operation Blessing International is set to deploy first responder teams to help with disaster relief operations following Typhoon Haiyan.
Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines Friday morning with sustained winds in excess of 195 mph and gusts as high as 235 mph, making it perhaps the strongest cyclone to hit land in recorded history.
The storm is expected to last until early Saturday morning before heading out to sea.
OBI’s Philippines’ arm, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, had pre-staged teams and emergency supplies and equipment in advance of the storm. As soon as Haiyan fully passes, disaster relief team leaders will begin to assess the damage and respond as needed. The group is expected to help provide clean water and food, emergency shelter materials and medical assistance.
Bill Horan, president of Operation Blessing International, said, “Due to the power of this super storm, we are expecting massive damage to buildings, homes and roads. The most critical need in the immediate aftermath will be providing clean water, and Operation Blessing is ready to deploy mobile filtration and disinfection units that will enable us to provide clean water for tens of thousands of people each day. In the meantime, we will also position medical teams in the hardest hit areas and later coordinate volunteer efforts to begin the cleanup.”
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