Paramedics Plus team members help typhoon victims

March 12, 2014

On November 8, 2013, super typhoon Haiyan hit the islands of Samar and Leyte with incredible devastation. Tacloban City and surrounding areas were in desperate need of assistance in the provision of food, clean drinking water, medical supplies and medical equipment.

Paramedics Plus’s own James Poblete organized a group of Filipino firefighters from San Jose Fire Department who could speak Tagalog and Waray to make the trip and help however they could. (Poblete is the brother-in-law of an Waray Party list representative, Neil Montejo, and whose sister is a nurse at Carigara District Hospital.)

They were able to raise $10,000 and $35,000 worth of PPE. They assisted with distributing hospital supplies to both Carigara and Burauen District Hospitals, painting and helped to install the donated corrugated sheets for roofing.

The group is there from March 2 through March 15 and is already planning a second trip. (Some of the supplies Paramedics Plus donated totaled roughly $2,700; blankets, drip sets, canulas, band aids, alcohol preps, cavi-wipes, etc.)