The The Bike Scouts is a community-centered initiative that aims to provide a platform for people to do positive things collaboratively. The Bike Scouts is a social platform that enables its real-world network of members, volunteers, and teams to work individually and at scale. To help the Bike Scouts community achieve its goals in the case of disaster response, the community is supported by its own technical deployment team called the Pathfinder Team. Recently, the Bike Scouts and the Pathfinder Team were involved in the monitoring and response for Typhoon Ursula and the Taal Volcano eruption. The Bike Scouts actively delivered supplies and collected data at the height of the evacuation of the towns around Taal Lake in Batangas, Philippines.
VOLUNTEER BICYCLE MESSENGER TEAMS
Information about the operational presence of the Bike Scouts in response to the Covid-19 global pandemic as a part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) Community of Practice on Community Engagement (CoPCE) in the Philippines.
Ride along on an actual Bike Scouts Volunteer Bicycle Messenger deployment ride!
Typhoon Ursula made landfall in Salcedo, Eastern Samar at 4:45PM on Christmas Day, December 24th 2019 as a Category 1 hurricane, packing sustained wind speeds of 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour, with gusts of 195 kilometers (121 miles) per hour. The Bike Scouts volunteer network tracked the storm on the ground in real time from the moment it made landfall all the way to its exit point in Mindoro Island, Philippines. Typhoon Ursula was the first time that the Bike Scouts activated a full-scale collaborative monitoring across its communities and teams around the affected areas. The Bike Scouts was possibly the only organization that knew exactly what was happening at any given time along the path of the storm as it traversed the Philippines. Through its nationwide network of teams and volunteers, the Bike Scouts is the only true community-based disaster monitoring network.
Typhoon Ursula resulted in 50 deaths, 55 people missing, and over 300 injured.
The Bike Scouts and its Pathfinder/ Volunteer Bicycle Messenger Team deployed on the 12th of January 2020 in response to the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas Philippines. Within days of activation, the Bike Scouts was able to deliver food and medical supplies along with a variety of personal hygiene and other supplies to undocumented and unsupported evacuation site around the Calaca and Lemery areas. Bike Scouts also made Volulnteer Bicycle Messenger deliveries of Nebulizers and medical supplies to Alitagtag and Cuenca areas of Batangas Province for critical need patients. The Taal Volcano response demonstrated the Bike Scouts fast reaction and long-range capability to deliver supplies, provide communication and gather data. The Bike Scouts was possibly the only organization that maintained real-time tracking of evacuee populations as they happened in affected areas that were covered by the Bike Scouts during the event.
Night time deployment of the Bike Scouts Pathfinder Team at the height of the Taal eruption.
Children looking out of a window at an evacuation center in Dayap-Itaas, Batangas.
The Bike Scouts is currently supporting the collection and verification of information regarding the New Corona Virus outbreak that is affecting many parts of the world. Aside from the distribution of medical masks to some communities, the Bike Scouts is not currently deployed in any manner for this event. The priority is to manage relevant and verified information about the virus outbreak for the benefit of the Bike Scouts community and the public.
Pathfinder Team is the Bike Scouts’ official deployment team for disaster response and for other assignments that require technical skills. Membership to the Pathfinder Team is by invitation only and requires participation in extensive training and a long-term commitment. Previous experience in adventure sports, endurance competitions, and technical work related to the focus of the team is an advantage for applicants.
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