Within 24 hours after the disaster, the JTF formed a humanitarian assistance survey team that flew from Clark Air Base aboard a Marine Corps KC-130 from Luzon to the affected area to conduct surveys and assess the needs of the people.
At daybreak the next morning, the residents were astonished to see CH-46E Sea Knights land and deposit relief supplies.
Sea Knights and CH-53E Super Stallions flew continuous missions throughout day, bringing in personnel, food, water and equipment.
As soon as the helicopters with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (Reinforced) arrived, a combined effort of Philippine soldiers and U.S. Marines worked to rapidly unload all of thesupplies and move them to the staging area.
Once the efforts are in full swing, the U.S. will provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to those that the governmet of the Philippines has determined require immediate aid.
In addition to the assistance by the MEU and the FDARG, the U.S. Agency for International Development has authorized immediate dispersal of $100,000 to the Philippine Red Cross and is airlifting emergency supplies.