While many relief organizations were reportedly having difficulty reaching the most heavily damaged areas of the Philippines, a group of U.S. military veterans on Sunday were preparing to fly from Los Angeles to the typhoon-damaged country to assist in recovery efforts.
At Team Rubicon’s headquarters in El Segundo, fifteen members of the all-volunteer team packed enough water and supplies to remain self-sufficient for more than a week in the Philippine city of Tacloban, which was leveled in Friday’s disaster.
The group’s members, who utilize skills that they acquired while serving in various branches of the military, pride themselves on being able to enter devastated areas before traditional relief organizations.
“When we hit the ground, our team is going to be able to be conducting search and rescue operations as well as medical triage and disaster assessments,” said Jake Wood, a Team Rubicon co-founder, a few hours before he and his fellow volunteers boarded shuttles to Los Angeles International Airport.
The group said it was in contact with members of the Philippine Army, who were helping to facilitate Team Rubicon’s entry into the Southeast Asian country.