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Disaster Response Network

The mission of this working group is to following, understand, and improve the activities of disaster response networks around the world.


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Indonesia Volcano Erupts Again


(Photo: Sutanta Aditya, AFP, Getty Images) - AP - February 1, 2014

MOUNT SINABUNG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months unleased a major eruption Saturday, killing 14 people just a day after authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes, saying that activity was decreasing, officials said.

Among the dead on Mount Sinabung were a local television journalist and four high-school students and their teacher who were visiting the mountain to see the eruptions up close, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. At least three other people were injured, and authorities feared the death toll would rise.


Super Typhoon Victims Flee Again as Rains Flood Southern Philippines


A resident stands on the roof of his home that is submerged in heavy flooding brought by tropical depression ''Agaton'', in Butuan city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 21, 2014.
Credit: Reuters/Erik De Castro - by Erik de Castro - January 21, 2014

(Reuters) - Emergency workers evacuated thousands of people across the southern Philippines on Tuesday, including many already made homeless by a typhoon in November, after three days of rain flooded towns and farmland.

Hundreds of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, were forced to flee by tropical depression "Agaton" after emergency shelters were damaged or destroyed on the eastern central island of Samar.

Tents collapsed under the weight of the rain and emergency plastic sheets have been torn away, humanitarian agency Oxfam said.



In light of Typhoon Haiyan, the Yale-Tulane ESF #8 Planning and Response Program has produced special reports for current efforts. To access these reports, click here.

The Yale-Tulane ESF #8 Program is a multi-disciplinary, multi-center, graduate-level program designed to produce ESF #8 planners and responders with standardized skill sets that are consistent with evolving public policy, technologies, and best practices. The group that produced this summary and analysis of the current situation are graduate students from Yale and Tulane Universities. It was compiled entirely from open source materials.


Inland, No Aid for Survivors of Typhoon


Boys walked on Sunday with sacks of rice in front of a damaged church in Jaro, where, one official said, no aid has arrived.  Jes Aznar for The New York Times - by Keith Bradsher - November 17, 2013

JARO, Philippines — Even as a major international aid effort has begun to take hold around the coastal city of Tacloban, the situation grimly differs just a few miles inland, where large numbers of injured or sick people in interior villages shattered by Typhoon Haiyan more than a week ago have received no assistance.

Well away from the coastal storm surge areas where most of the death toll occurred on the Philippines island of Leyte, the picture is still one of utter devastation — in this case from Haiyan’s record winds.


STAR-TIDES - Typhoon Haiyan Update (As of 15 November 2013)

The strength of STAR-TIDES is in its knowledge-sharing rather than as an operations center or a logistics hub.   We would like to do what is most useful in providing reach-back support.  Below are the latest updates from 4 broad areas (Equipment, Communications, Coordination, and Documentation):


General Asks for U.S. Warships in Typhoon Relief


U.S. Marine Corps aircraft arrive at Villamor Airbase in Manila, Philippines, to deliver humanitarian aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan on Monday, November 11. - by Barbara Starr - November 12, 2013

Washington (CNN) -- The hundreds of thousands of typhoon victims in the Philippines need help, and they need it now, the U.S. Marine Corps general in charge of the U.S. military relief effort says. . .

. . . While U.S. Marines are on the ground providing aid and more U.S. military help has been dispatched, Kennedy said more help is urgently needed.

"The rest of the world needs to get mobilized, the rest of the donor community," he told NBC News. "A week from now will be too late. "



Struggling to Cope — Haiyan’s Aftermath: Live Blog


A young survivor rests on a pedicab surrounded by debris caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on Nov. 11, 2013  NOEL CELIS / AFP / Getty Images

submitted by Albert Gomez - by Time Staff - November 12, 2013

Five days after the world’s strongest typhoon to date wreaked havoc across the Philippine archipelago, the extent of the damage wrought by Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Yolanda) is just starting to become known. TIME will continue to update this page with the latest information about ongoing relief efforts and stories from affected areas. Times given are U.S. Eastern time.


Why the Philippines Wasn’t Ready for Typhoon Haiyan


Destruction in the Philippines' Leyte province. (Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau via Getty Images)

submitted by Mike Kraft - by Max Fisher - November 11, 2013

The typhoon that tore through the Philippines on Friday threw the country into such turmoil that, days later, public officials are reporting wildly different death tolls. The government disaster relief agency announced 229 killed, the army reported 942 and local officials in the devastated provence of Leyte went as high as 10,000. But none are much more than estimates, given that emergency workers still can't reach some of the worst-affected areas.



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