For those of us fortunate enough to live in countries like the United States, the response to disaster is usually fast and decisive, bringing millions of dollars worth of equipment and people literally to our doorsteps. For those who live in the developing world, however, the response is typically less impressive, and these nations often rely on aid from foreign governments to bring in help that's often tied up in diplomacy, bureaucracy, and politics.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In urban centers of the United States, the response to disaster is usually fast and decisive, bringing millions of dollars worth of equipment and people literally to our doorsteps. For those who live in rural regions of the US and Canada or in the developing world, however, the response is typically less impressive. Often, by the time FEMA or the international community responds, if they ever do, the 48 "survival window" is gone and there's little rescue left to be done.
How will this project solve this problem?
EMPACT Northwest is building and fielding the world's first ever Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team deployable both domestically and internationally. We will put trained boots on the ground, anywhere in the world in 16-36 hours, dramatically increasing the chance of survival for those who need specialized rescue techniques and equipment. Additionally, we'll serve as "force multipliers" for local rescuers, providing equipment, guidance, and training.
Potential Long Term Impact
A well run, efficient USAR team has the potential to literally save millions of lives. By saving lives in the beginning, we help nations and communities rebuild faster and more effectively. Additionally, EMPACT's USAR team is a training organization, traveling the world over to provide specialized rescue training to regions of the planet that might never otherwise have the opportunity.
Total Funding Received to Date: $0
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $0 . The original project funding goal was $50,000.