POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 11:57pm
Baton Rouge, LA (NBC33) — Typhoon Haiyan was one of the worst storms the world has ever seen, and it will take a response that's just as big to help everyone in the Philippines.
Thousands of American troops are there distributing supplies and helping wherever they can.
One of the sailors who's part of the recovery effort is using his memories from south Louisiana to make a difference.
Our own David Lippman spoke with him about the damage from Haiyan and trying to help people there survive it.
"It kinda takes me back to 2005,” said Larry Anderson, “with hurricane Katrina, with what it's done to the city of New Orleans and its surrounding areas. Seeing boats turned over, and displaced families, and flooded areas, and stuff like that."
Petty officer Larry Anderson is one of 5,000 sailors aboard the USS George Washington. It was one of several ships ordered by the defense department to go to the Philippines. The uss george washington has its own water purification system onboard.
It's able to make about four-hundred-thousand gallons of fresh water a day that it can package and give to the storm victims.
Haiyan's impact is familiar to Anderson.
"Being from Louisiana, it definitely helps me understand what the people of the Philippines are going through. If I get the opportunity, I will definitely talk to them and try to console, if I can," said Anderson.
Anderson is from Plaquemine. He's responsible for the communications equipment on the George Washington, a giant aircraft carrier. It's a main staging area for helicopters taking basic supplies to the storm victims.
Anderson said he's grateful to be in a position to help the people of the Philippines. He's also thinking of people back home.
"To the people back in Plaquemine, Louisiana: I’m doing fine. And to my wife's family in new roads, Louisiana: I’m doing fine, and I love all of them. And I’ll continue doing what I’m doing, and it's an honor to do it, knowing that people back in Plaquemine and New Roads, and also Baton Rouge, are the reason I’m doing it and I can support those people at all times."