Bike Scouts Philippines carefully selects its deployments based on the actual need for Volunteer Bicycle Messengers in the aftermath of a natural disaster. This is important because it’s necessary to avoid putting any additional strain on the donor and response environment that forms around such events. We choose where to deploy based on the relevance of our participation when geography and infrastructure damage cause the isolation of people and places, such as the case in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Learn More
Typhoon Yolanda 2013
Typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. On making landfall, Haiyan devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines.It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone.In terms of JTWC-estimated 1-minute sustained winds, Haiyan is tied with Meranti for being the strongest land-falling tropical cyclone on record. In January 2014, bodies were still being found (Source: Wikipedia). Bike Scouts deployed seven teams over a period of four months in Leyte and Samar Islands, establishing itself as a Volunteer Bicycle Messenger service for disaster response. Bike Scouts in the news
Typhoon Ruby 2014
On December 3, Typhoon Hagupit went through explosive intensification from a Category 2 typhoon to a Category 5 super typhoon, as a clear and well-defined eye developed. Hagupit entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on the same day, with PAGASA giving the name Ruby. Early on December 4, Hagupit reached its peak intensity with 10-minute sustained winds of 215 km/h (130 mph) and a minimum barometric pressure of 905 hPa. The typhoon then encountered moderate vertical windshear from the east and started an eyewall replacement cycle as it weakened to a Category 4 super typhoon. The JTWC downgraded Hagupit to a Category 3 typhoon just before December 7 as it made landfall over Eastern Samar. (source: Wikipedia)
Typhoon Melor 2015
Typhoon Melor made landfall in the town of Pinamalayan in Mindoro Island on December 15, 2015 causing over P4-billion worth of damage. The storm affected 422,495 individuals from 95,651 families and forced 14,394 people to move to 60 evacuation centers around the province. There were reports of large-scale flooding that inundated parts of the storm-affected areas that left entire communities isolated. The Bike Scouts deployment for this event was focused on the Pinamalayan area and also in the small villages around Naujan Lake and Dulangan. Bike Scouts in the news
Typhoon Nina 2016
This typhoon made its 1st landfall in Bato, Catanduanes at 6:30 pm on Sunday, December 25 2016, then its 2nd landfall in Sagñay, Camarines Sur around 9:30 pm. It brought heavy rain and fierce winds to Bicol, with Catanduanes Island losing electrical power because of the storm that had maximum winds of up to 175 km/h and gustiness of up to 290 km/h. Among the most severely affected communities in the area was Caramoan in Camarines Sur where a local community-based Bike Scouts team is based.
Typhoon Urduja 2017
At least 31 people were killed and 49 others are missing after Tropical Depression Urduja (Kai-tak) made landfall in Eastern Visayas as a tropical storm. A total of about 44,369 families fled to 608 evacuation centers in Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Mimaropa, and Caraga. At the height of the storm, a total of around 16,000 passengers were stranded around the Philippines because of shipping and airport closures. Bike Scouts was able to help those who were stranded along the highway in Sorsogon as well as in the shipping port of Matnog that is the main crossing point from Luzon Island to Northern Samar. READ: Bike Scouts in the news
Tropical Depression Usman 2018
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 122 deaths related to Tropical Depression Usman. Bike Scouts activated its Volunteer Network and helped coordinate support and deployments in the affected areas, particularly in Samar.
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