First Responders: Typhoon Haiyan

BKB Somerville

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In early November, one of the strongest Typhoons on record, Typhoon Haiyan, struck the Phillipines, resulting in over five thousand fatalities. As an active member of Team Rubicon, first responders to disaster relief, Brooklyn Boulders Executive Jesse Levin documented his trip to The Phillipines and his work supporting the organization. In his travels he wrote the following blog post:

Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) is an interesting beast. A climbing gym…. Sure, but it is quite a bit more than that. I truly found myself intrigued by the organization as a result of Hurricane Sandy and just over a year later my passion for BKB was reaffirmed as a result of Typhoon Haiyan.

When Hurricane Sandy hit the team at BKB made the entire space in Brooklyn available to Team Rubicon (, a military veteran disaster response organization that staged one of the largest and most concerted response initiatives of…

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