As part of a Government of Canada response, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) provided humanitarian support to the Philippines following a typhoon that hit the country on 8 November 2013.
CAF members began deploying to the region on 13 November 2013 and the mission officially ended on 15 December 2013.
At its height, the CAF task force included 319 personnel with a range of specialties:
By the end of the mission, Task Force Philippines had:
There were also several assets deployed in support of Op RENAISSANCE 13-1 including:
On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, slammed into the Philippines setting off landslides, knocking out power in several provinces and cutting communications in the country’s central region of island provinces.
The typhoon caused significant loss of life, a large number of injuries, as well as destruction of property, leaving millions of people requiring humanitarian support.
Contingency Plan (CONPLAN) RENAISSANCE is the Canadian Armed Forces’ plan for rapid deployment to the scene of a disaster overseas, as directed by the Government of Canada. It provides direction to the CAF in the event of a decision by the Government of Canada to respond to a request from another nation for help.
The plan delivers a rapid CAF response that is flexible enough to make an immediate positive impact at the scene of the disaster, and to continue helping people as the situation develops.
The Government of Canada’s response to natural disasters abroad is coordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) in close partnership with core departments and agencies, including the Department of National Defence and the Privy Council Office (PCO).
The Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is a military organization ready to deploy quickly to conduct emergency relief operations. It is one component of Canada’s toolkit to respond to natural disasters abroad.
Before the DART is fully deployed, an advance party is sent to prepare for the arrival of the main body and DART capabilities which could deploy at a later date.
The DART is a self sufficient, scalable military capability ready to deploy quickly to conduct emergency relief operations for up to 40 days. Its main elements include the DART headquarters, a logistics platoon, an engineer troop, a medical platoon and a defence and security platoon. DART equipment, stores, and supplies are stored at 8 Wing Trenton and are maintained for immediate deployment by a small supporting staff.
The DART is not designed to provide first response services, such as search and rescue or emergency trauma care. Instead, it can be useful where the capabilities of local governments and humanitarian agencies to provide primary health care and potable water are overstretched.
The DART serves three critical needs in emergencies: