Tacloban City Relief Program

Team SOS

Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan was a deadly Typhoon. Winds were up to 118 kilometers per hour or more and the storm surge was around 13 feet high. After the damage, the injury toll was 28,689 with death toll of 6,340 and missing count of 1,061. This meant that for every death there were 4-5 people injured. Team S.O.S came in determined to help as many people as possible.

About us: Team SOS

Our Team

Team SOS is a help organization that helped at the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan hit. SOS stands for Save Other Souls. Saying Team Save Other Souls is long so we shortened it to Team SOS. We tried our hardest in achieving our Mission and Goal.

Our Mission Goal and Mission Objective

There is a difference between mission goal and mission objective. A mission goal is the purpose. It can be very broad. A mission objective is a lot more specific then a goal. Our overall mission goal was to save Tacloban City. Being realistic, we did not plan on saving the whole city from everything. Our Objective was to help the women and Children with Cholera, an infectious disease that you can get from dirty food and water. In doing this, we would clean water and clean food which would help lower the chances of people getting other diseases from uncleaned foodstuffs. This helped Tacloban City in many ways.

Accomplishments and Accolades

Our Manifest consisted of many things. We worked in cooperation with Operation R.E.D.D. to benefit the people of Tacloban City more. We got three portable hospitals to make one big hospital. We also got IV's in a refrigerated medical chest for people in the hospital so that their bodies can get washed out of the bad fluids. We got Portable Latrines because Cholera makes many people have diarrhea. We got a lot clean food and water so people would not contract the disease. We did not have a huge amount of other things but we did include some boxes of clothes and blankets,and some medical and mosquito supplies for Operation R.E.D.D. This, in total took 5 pallets of cargo. It took us a total of 31 hours and 7 minutes to get everything. We left at 4pm and got to Tacloban at 1 pm the next day. Our flight went from the US, Through Canada, Alaska, Russia, Many different Islands, and then to the Philippines. Overall, we did get our goal accomplished because we were able to get to Tacloban as quick as possible and help aid the city.


First we got our team together and got basic information on the Philippines and Tacloban City itself. This way we would have a better idea of what we were getting into. After that we had to research the Diseases so we could get to know how to treat them in case someone with the disease came to us for help. We then had to come up with a Mission Goal. Once we had our goal we had to come up with an Action plan. After the Action plan, we did our payload to see what we could put on our plane. Once we had that done we had to learn how to navigate and fly a plane. We took tests on them both. Then we planned our flight route. Then we were finally able to help the people of Tacloban City. Some Misconceptions where due dates and who did what job. When some things were due on the weekend we had some misconceptions at what time they were supposed to be in edmodo. During the testing times some people were confused to what positions they were. Some Ideas we thought of worked while some others did not. One we thought of was a method of cleaning water. We thought we could use bleach. It would have worked, but we would have to carry pounds of the substance. We did not like the Idea and found out about smart water. Smart Water cleans their water with water vapor distillation. This is done by heating up dirty water and moving the steam into a clean box. The water that would go in the box would be pure water. This way diseases spread through contaminated foodstuffs would be prevented. We learned many lessons through this pbl. One of them was self sufficient learning. Mrs. Spaeny was not always telling us when certain things like vocabulary were due and what exactly to find. We needed to learn how to be self sufficient learners if we wanted to do good on this project.

Flight Route

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Pallet 5

Volume= 816 cubic inches

Weight= 6,350 lbs

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Pallet 1

Volume= 264 cubic inches

Weight= 2,700 lbs

Supplies that directly helped the Mission Goal

One of the main supplies that directly affected the mission goal were the Drinking water and the Food. These items were chosen because our Mission Objective was to help save the women and children from Cholera. Because Cholera spread through infected food and water, getting the items clean were vital. Because we brought so much food and water, we were able to keep the infectious disease at bay. Two other things that we brought that directly helped our objective were the Portable Hospitals and the Portable latrines. Cholera causes a lot of diarrhea and we would need many bathrooms to help them out. Also, if a team brought three portable hospitals, the three could combine into one big hospital. This way people who have the disease at a stronger level can be in close watch with the nurses and doctors. Our medical chest with the IV fluids can help clean out the body. Though all the items we brought were helpful to our cause, these items were the most beneficial to bring.

Overall Review of our PBL

During this PBL we learned several things such as how to be self sufficient learners, how to work with due dates, and how to gather all we learned for the final PBL. One thing we learned was how to be self sufficient. When Mrs Spaeny gave assignments she did not tell us how to research what we needed to learn. The group had to learn how to be self sufficient learners and learn what we needed. When we did vocab we had to make our own based off of what we thought was important. Another thing that we had to learn how to do was how to work with out of class due dates. Some things like the Action Plan were due on Edmodo during the weekend. This was harder to do because people tend to be more distracted on the weekend rather than in class. Some people were busy during the weekends so they had to collaborate and make sure that they could trust their partners to turn assignments in. The last thing that we learned was how to gather all that we learned this year to apply it to a real life situation. This PBL covered physics, chemistry, environments, and common sense. Each job that was assigned covered certain things like Load Master with physics, and the Navigator with geography. This PBL gave a thorough review of what we learned throughout the year.