Palau Cyclone Haiyan Situation Report

Download PDF here: Situation Report Palau Typhoon Haiyan

What Happened
BackgroundOn November 7, Typhoon Haiyan swept to the north of the more heavily populated islands of Micronesia, causing significant damages to all areas of Koror, Badeldaob and complete devastation of Kayangel State.

Situation Overview

No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported in initial assessments. However, 69 residents are without shelter, food and water.

Following the typhoon, OCHA requested the activation of the Digital Humanitarian Network to support the relief efforts. Humanity Road volunteers have been monitoring social media, amplifying official guidance, providing the public with links to official sources of disaster response aid information and providing support for the Digital Humanitarian response efforts. To date 9 volunteers have contributed 35 volunteer hours in support of the Palau media monitoring and crisis mapping efforts.


Timeline of event


Nov 11 UNOCHA Flash Update 4 published

Nov 9 GISCorps Map of photos/impact reports for Palau

Nov 8 Palauwave Radio interview with Delegate Noah Kemesong

Nov 8 Radio Australia Interview with Blas Lawrence on impacts on Kayangal

Nov 8 Palau Online News reported that – President Remengesau yesterday declared a National State of Emergency through Executive Order No. 352, following the Super Typhoon Haiyan that passed by the island on Wednesday night through Thursday and caused significant damages to all areas of Koror, Babeldaob and complete devastation to Kayangel State. As stated in the EO, the declaration of state of emergency was recommended by the National Emergency Committee chaired by Vice President Antonio Bells. source


The main damage has been to the northern states of Kayangel, Ngerchelong and Ngaraard. A map showing initial reports of damage to Palau is available here.

The northernmost state of Kayangel was completely inundated and all homes destroyed. There are no fatalities or serious injuries reported, however 69 residents are without shelter, food and water, including 22 children and two elderly. A medical team arrived via helicopter earlier today with water, food and medical supplies and a patrol boat will evacuate residents tomorrow.

Several other low-lying coastal areas reported damage to structures as a result of inundation due to the storm surge. Schools in at least three states have been damaged by severe winds.

In Koror, there are reports of trees and power lines down, and houses damaged, particularly rooftops blown away by the 120 km/h winds. Photos of the impact on Koror are available here.

Initial damage assessments by the Government and International Organization for Migration (IOM) continue in Yap State. There are no reports of casualties or major damage from the outer islands at this time, however, the small island of Ngulu was completely inundated by approximately half a metre of water.

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INITIAL SUMMARY – PALAU – Nov 7 7:30am local time

This is an initial situation report.  Additional information and impacts and guidance may be forthcoming or found through official source links listed below.

US National Weather Service in Guam says the typhoon appears to have swept to the north of the more heavily populated islands of Micronesia. Palau’s government offices and schools will remain shut until Friday. The Palau National Emergency Management Office, NEMO, is advising the public to tune into local broadcasters for updates and to stock up on emergency supplies.

KAYANGEL ISLAND  (population 200)

The small island of Kayangel, north of Koror, experienced the eye.  There are no reports of damage, although power is out in some areas.

KOROR ISLAND (population 14,000)

Jessy Ilele from the Palau Pacific Resort in Koror says they only experienced the edge of the storm, and damage appears to be minimal.  “At the moment, there’s still some gusty winds,” he said. “There’s some trees laying down and debris, but it’s not really that bad. “The typhoon didn’t really actually hit us, it just passed by a little.”

source: Radio Australia

Republic of Palau is an island country – population 21,000 spread across 250 islands forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands. The most populous island is Koror with 14,000 or 70% of the population of the country source:

National & Regional Links
Office of the President of Republic of Palau FaceBook

Palau Gov website

Palau United Nations

Koror State Gov website

Koror State Gov FaceBook

Palau Visitors Authority website

Palau Wave Radio PWFM 89.9

Emergency Numbers
Dial 911 


Palau National Communications Corp WiFi hotspots
UNOCHA FLASH UPDATE #3 Nov 7 (PDF)Work to restore water services and power has begun. As radio stations remain offline, information is being shared via mobile/cell phone, although network coverage is intermittent. Most landlines remained operational throughout.


Palau Public Utilities Corporation

The Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) is a public corporation established to manage and operate the electrical power system of the Republic of Palau.

Traditional Media and blogs
NewsPalau Online News

Australia Network News


FM 89.9 radio



#Palau #Koror #Palauwave
Palau High School Facebook page
Rock Island Cafe,  Koror Palau Facebook PagePalau Pacific Resort Facebook Page
Maps and Situational awareness reports
GISCorps Palau Incident Map


Nov 6 Reliefweb:

Nov. 7 – OCHA  Initial Damage Map:

Nov 11 – OCHA Report on Reliefweb:

UNOCHA FLASH UPDATE #3 Nov 7 (PDF)The causeway linking the hospital to the main island is now open after being inaccessible due to inundation this morning. The relocation of critical patients has commenced and emergency room services have reopened.


#Palau National Hospital was closed on Nov 6 @ 3pm due to #Haiyan and patients evacuated source: #hmrd

Central Community Health Center next to the Koror State Government building and the Public Health Building in Meyuns will be the 2 sites receiving emergency cases during the Typhoon.

All shelters in Babeldaob and Koror will have a nurse at hand for basic medical care.

Source: Ministry of Health (PDF) Nov 6 9am local time

For Koror State residents:Ngerchemai – Emmaus

Iyebukel – Mindszenty

Idid – Maris Stella

Meyuns – Bai ra Meyuns


The Koror shelters are not hamlet specific, so anyone needing to go to a shelter can go to the nearest, most convenient.

Outside of Koror:

Aimeliik – Ngerkeai Community Center & Bai ra Medorm

Ngardmau State Typhoon Shelter

Kayangel – State Offfice

Ngerchelong – State Office

Ngaraard – Choll, Elab, Ngebuked and Ulimang residents will use the Bai ra Choll.

Residents of Ngkeklau will be evacuated to Ngerulmud.

@ Ngerulmud:

1st Floor – Ngchesar State residents

2nd Floor – Ngiwal State residents

3rd Floor – Ngkeklau residents

Capitol Rotunda – Melekeok State residents

Ngeremlengui State – State Office and Elementary School

Airai State – Bai ra Melengel, Ngerusar Center, Airai Elementary School, Ngetkib Bai and Bai Ruluong

Ngatpang – Ibobang School, Church and the Ngatpang State office

Peleliu – Old Age Center / Bokungo ra ikrel a beluu

Angaur – Angaur Elementary & the Catholic Church

(People needing special assistance evacuating can contact police)

Southwest Islands are outside the storm area.


ReuniteUse Text messaging or update your social media status if voice lines are busy.  Also, you can contact the Red Cross for assistance in locating missing family members.
Red Cross
UNOCHA FLASH UPDATE #3 Nov 7 (PDF)The Palau Red Cross Society has set-up its Emergency Operations Centre and has around 20 volunteers available to support initial assessments.

Micronesia Red Cross  (691) 3207077

P.O. Box 2405


FM 96941 Pohnpei

Postal Address :

P.O. Box 2405



Phone :        (691) 3207077

Fax :        (691) 3206531

Email :

Animals in Disaster
Animal Rescue Groups
Palau Animal Welfare Society/Koror State Animal ShelterTelephone: (680) 488-3678

Clinic Tel: (680) 488-5645

Fax: (680) 488-5513

Emergencies: 775-1068 | 775-1161


Blood Donations
Donations (In kind or physical donation needs)
Urgent Needs Information
Kayangel:  Population 69 – all accounted for and no injuries.  A helicopter pilot who flew to Kayangel on Thursday afternoon reported the island had received major damage to structures and trees, the Palau National Emergency Committee (NEC) said. Source
Transportation, Infrastructure and Road Conditions:
Roman Tmetuchl International Airport is the main airport of Palau. It is located just north of Airai on Babelthuap (Babeldaob) island. The airport is 6 miles (4 km) from Koror and 15 miles (25 km) from Melekeok.Palau Airport FaceBook
Picture Links
Nov 7 NGERBECHED PALAU – local FB photos 8 UN OCHA photos from Kayangel:

Nov 8

Nov 7, Australia Network: 8, Audio from Radio Australia:
Volunteers reporting in:Chris, Catherine, Christoph, Alice, Cindy, Gerald, Judith, Nadia, Aline
Animals in Disaster

Disaster Planning and Response for Service Animals

The Americans With Disability Act (ADA) defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an person with a disability. If an animal meets this definition, it is considered a service animal under the ADA regardless of whether it has been licensed or certified by a state or local government. Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for themselves.Svcanimals

According to the University of Arizona, “0.9% of persons with disabilities are partnered with service dogs.” In 1990, Congress found that there were 43 million Americans with disabilities, suggesting there are approximately 387,000 service dogs across the US, according to the estimate provided at This site is a great resource for learning more about service animals and includes guidelines for Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and United States

A distinction should be made between types of support animals. The ADA law refers specifically to assistance animals, also called “service animals.”

Types of support animals

Therapy dogs are working dogs. Therapy dogs and owners visit patients in hospitals, pediatric wards, assisted living residences, and hospice care programs.

Service animals work for their owners providing disability assistance, such as mobility and medic alert assistance. These animals include dogs for hearing- and vision-impaired individuals, assistance/alert dogs for people with autism and diabetes, and many others.

Working dogs support their handlers with a specific role, such as K-9 drug and bomb sniffing dogs and Search and Rescue dogs

About Service Animals

Vest Example courtesy www.vest

Vest Example

Guide dogs are only one type of service animal used by some individuals who are blind. There are also service animals that assist people with other kinds of disabilities in their day-to-day activities. Some examples include alerting individuals with hearing impairments to sounds, pulling wheelchairs, carrying and picking up things, assisting persons with mobility impairments with balance, and alerting persons to the onset of medical problems like heart problems, epilepsy or diabetes. According to the job needing to be done, any size or breed of dog (and some small horses) can be a service animal. They can range from Great Danes being used for balance work to Papillons being used for medical alert work. When fully trained, they are allowed to accompany the disabled person anywhere the person needs to go.

bonesThis autism service dog named Bones is practicing his search and rescue skills. His job is to find 10 year old Luke Wilson whenever he strays too far. Luke is now able to focus for longer periods and sleep in his own bed for the first time. His behavior has improved so much that he does not take medication anymore. His mom says it’s all because of Bones[1]. A trained service animal can cost over $20,000.

Back of CardTips for the public:

  1. Remember Service animals and their access to all public places and commercial carriers are protected under Federal Law.
  2. Do not touch the service animal, or the person it assists, without the owner’s permission.
  3. Do not make noises at the service animal. This action could distract the animal from performing its job.
  4. Do not feed the service animal. This could disrupt his/her schedule.
  5. Respect Privacy Do not feel offended if a person with a service animal does not wish to discuss the assistance their service animal provides.

Tips for the first responder

When transporting a patient with a service animal, every effort should be made to do so in a safe manner for the patient, the animal, and the crew members. If possible, the animal should be secured in some manner in order to prevent injury to either the animal or the crew during transport. Safe transport devices may include: crates, cages, specialty carriers, seatbelts, or passenger restraints using a specialized harness or seat belt attachment.

In certain situations it may not be possible for the animal to be transported with the patient. In that case, every effort should be made to ensure safe care and transportation of the animal by alternative means (see below). The Health and Human Services Office of Disability guidelines advises first responders – “If you have doubts, wait until you arrive at your destination and address the issue with the supervisor in charge.” EMS should notify the receiving facility of the presence of a service animal accompanying the patient.[2]

Under major disruptive conditions, the assistance dog may show signs of confusion and should be given time to settle down. Learn more at Emergency management partners, including Fire, Police and EMTs, should consider issuing a clear policy for service animals and alternative modes of transportation. New York State published thier policy in 2007.[3]

Alternative modes of transportation can include:

1. Animal control (a service animal should never be confined with another animal)
2. Police
3. Fire can transport, if available (and will not be forced to leave their zone)
4. A friend, neighbor, or relative.
5. The EMS supervisor can transport the animal in the fast response vehicle.

Regardless of who transports the animal (if not the ambulance), please make a note regarding the person to whom care of the animal was released in the EMS paperwork. If possible, have the police note it as well. A lost service animal is a traumatic experience for a disabled person and can be costly to replace.

Tips for the service dog owner

Plan for a disaster in advance. Be familiar with your local service shelter options. In some states, you can even register to be on a ‘vulnerable populations’[5] list that will identify your special servicedog1needs in advance of disaster. Pack a disaster “go-kit” specifically for your service animal’s needs as well as your own. Make an abbreviated list of your medical needs and your animal’s needs and keep it in your animal’s service vest. Include a photo of your animal in this kit. If you use a vest, pack a spare vest in the kit as well. The ADA does not require assistance dogs to wear identifying equipment in public, but many do, which is helpful for business owners and the public in general so they can plan and act accordingly to your needs. Separation from your animal is the last thing you need to deal with in the face of disaster. Invest in a tag which carries his call name and the veterinary’s phone number on the tag, Petsmart and HotDog Collars offer some solutions. Investigate microchipping as a solution for reuniting with your service animal. If your pet has a microchip, the number of that microchip must be directly linked to you. This is done by enrolling it in a recovery service. 51d9XYRhOlL._SL500_AA300_

Include a sticker on your vehicle or window of your home to alert emergency service personnel. Here are a few examples

Humanity Road Animals in Disaster Team works to support the safety and care of animals impacted by disaster you can support them through the following means; sign up to be a virtual volunteer from home read more Animals in Disaster store (proceeds go to Humanity Road) Donate directly and Like them in Facebook & RT them in Twitter

Here are some helpful websites for additional resources, products & Info
International Association of Assistance Dog Partners
Service Dog Central
Paws for Ability
Americans with Disability Act