EMPACT Northwest dba Disaster Response Northwest

EMPACT Northwest is a non-profit organization providing immediate disaster response, rescue training, and medical education for underserved communities. The EMPACT mission is accomplished with credentialed responders and educators who maintain the highest degree of professional integrity and organizational transparency.
Mar 9, 2016

Thank You! Rescue: The First 48

Thank you for your donation to "Rescue: First 48  Disaster Rescue Initiative".  We have decided to close this project to allow us to focus on other fundraising initiatives.

As discussed in previous reports, your donation has helped us expand our program to become the equivalent of FEMA Type III Task Force.  We have added new personnel, including a Canine Rescue Program and additional physicians and rescue personnel.  All of these enhancements will improve our abiliity to respond to domestic and international disasters.

Your support is vitaly important and allows us to stay prepared so we may respond to the next disaster.  Please consider giving to our  "Adopt-a-Rescuer" campaign, right here on Global Giving.

If you haven't done so already, please "Like" us on Facebook or "Follow" us on Instagram!

Thank you for your generosity and support.

In gratitude,

The EMPACT Northwest Team

Feb 5, 2016

Winter brings rescue training!

Rescue Systems 1 - October 2015
Rescue Systems 1 - October 2015

EMPACT Equipped to Industry Standards, New Team Members Added

The mission of rescue is, of course, never over. We cannot predict when the next disaster will strike or where. With the generous donations of our supporters over the past year, we've been able to build an equipment cache equivalent to that of a FEMA Type III task force. Additionally, your support has allowed us to add 24 new personnel, including experienced rescue specialists, trained dog handlers and their canine partners, highly qualified physicians, and other invaluable personnel.  Last month we began training these personnel in advanced rescue techniques and deployment management and methodology. These improvements in personnel and equipment will allow us to significantly improve our domestic and international disaster response capabilities.

Continued Rescue School Success

These improvments have also allowed us to continue to expand our teaching capabilities for local fire service partners, extending the reach of advanced rescue training into communities that have traditionally had very limited access. We held our first rescue course in October with 14 students from 3 Puget Sound fire departments successfully completing the course. We currently have two courses scheduled for 2016 and 3 for 2017, including Rope Rescue Techncian and Rescue Systems 2.


Team Deployment Resources Needed

Your participation in and donation to our Adopt a Rescuer and Rescue First 48! initiatives are key to extending community grants and donations. While organizations like the Rotary Club allow us to purchase the equipment and tools necessary to perform our mission, we rely on your support to help cover the expense of sending our teams in times of disaster. Although our team members are professionally trained and meet industry standards, we are volunteers, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in staffing and administrative expenses per deployment.

Please consider sharing our Global Giving Projects “Adopt-a-Rescuer” and “Rescue First 48!” with your family, friends and coworkers. We have proven ourselves as a valuable training platform for regional First Responders and pledge to fulfill the need for disaster rescue services in the most vulnerable communities around the globe. As we have witnessed in the recent years, the need is on the rise due to increased conflict and climate change related events, and we have demonstrated that from Haiti to Nepal to Washington State, our assistance is necessary and appreciated. With your support, we can continue our mission and grow our capabilities. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Jake Gillanders
Executive Director

Search Operations - Nepal - 2015
Search Operations - Nepal - 2015
International Check-In Board - Nepal - 2015
International Check-In Board - Nepal - 2015
Nov 10, 2015

Team Up With the Rotary to Help EMPACT!

Photos by Thomas Hudson 2015
Photos by Thomas Hudson 2015

In March of this year, the Bainbridge Island Rotary very graciously provided EMPACT Northwest with a grant in the amount of $8,000 for the purchase of safety, communication, and rescue equipment. EMPACT Northwest has completed these purchases and much of the equipment has already seen extensive use both in the delivery of rescue services and in the training of local rescuers from fire districts in the Puget Sound region.

EMPACT Equipped to Industrial Standards, New Team Members Added

The mission of rescue is, of course, never over. We cannot predict when the next disaster will strike or where. The specific goals of this grant request, however, have been achieved successfully with the equipping of our rescue team to the level of a FEMA Type III task force. This improvement in equipment has helped us prepare for growth and we’ve been able to move forward with the process of recruiting new members, which will allow us to improve our deployability and capability.

Nepal Earthquake Response & Rescue School Success 

This equipment has allowed us to expand our teaching capabilities for local fire service partners, extending the reach of advanced rescue training into communities that had limited prior access. We held our first rescue course in October with 14 students from 3 Puget Sound fire departments successfully completing the course. We are currently planning to hold 3 additional courses in 2016, including a rope rescue technician course in the spring.

In the Spring of this year, much of the communications equipment purchased with this grant was deployed with our team to Nepal in response to the earthquake there. The GPS devices, laptop, and software allowed us to accurately map affected regions and provide immediate, actionable intelligence to the UN’s rescue coordination and humanitarian assistance centers. Additionally, we were able to seamlessly communicate that information back to our staff here in the United States.

Team Deployment Resources Needed

Your participation and donation to our Adopt a Rescuer and Rescue First 48! initiatives are key to extending community grants and donations. While organizations like the Rotary Club allow us to purchase the equipment and tools necessary to perform our mission, we rely on your support to help cover the expense of sending our teams in times of disaster. Although our team members are professionally trained and meet industry standards, we are volunteers, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars in staffing and administrative expenses per deployment.

Please consider sharing our Global Giving Projects “Adopt-a-Rescuer” and “Rescue First 48!” with your family, friends and coworkers. We have proven ourselves as a valuable training platform for regional First Responders and pledge to fulfill the need for disaster rescue services in the most vulnerable communities around the globe. As we have witnessed in the recent years, the need is on the rise due to increased conflict and climate change related events, and we have demonstrated from Haiti, Philippines, to Nepal, our assistance is necessary and appreciated. With your support, we can continue our mission and grow our capabilities. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Jake Gillanders

Operations Director

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