Deployment to support the Federated States of Micronesia starts 0900 UTC 23 June 2015

Background to this deployment

Between March 28 2015 and – April 1 2015 a Category Five storm: Typhoon Maysak hit two states in the FSM.

The Governors of both states declared states of emergencies shortly afterwards, the president of the Federated States of Micronesia issued a Presidential emergency declaration for both locations. President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Disaster Declaration on April 28 2015 (FSM has a very close relationship with the United States of America and has entered into a Compact of Free Association with the United States).

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has asked Young Pioneer Disaster Response (YPDR) from the Philippines to travel to the affected states of FSM to support aid distribution logistics for the International Organization for Migration and develop a more comprehensive reconstruction program over the next 18 months, with a focus on shelter.

YPDR has asked for support from the Standby Task Force. In particular they need help with information management. They need our help to build a better picture of the situation in FSM and to track down resources that will help the YPDR team on the ground.

The core team has assessed this request, it meets our criteria and so we are activating the Standby Task Force.

The deployment will commence 0900 UTC on 23 June 2015 and will end at 2200 UTC on 26 June 2015.

Please sign up now

We need as many volunteers as possible to join the deployment. Please sign up now. There will be a range of tasks. The majority of the tasks will be research and information management rather than geolocation. Full instructions will be given.

Once you sign up you will be added to the deployment Skype room where you will be warmly greeted by the deployment coordinators and given instructions

Sign up here

The sign-up link is on the deployment page on the Standby Task Force Ning.

If you are not a member of Standby Task Force why not sign up now.

For more information contact

Joyce Monsees skype:joyce.monsees [email protected]


Ben Proctor skype:likeaword [email protected]


Don’t forget to check out the latest update for Standby Task Force volunteers

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