Rapid response immediately following a major earthquake is the key to providing immediate, life-saving humanitarian assistance. Peace Winds deployes specialized technical teams with search and rescue expertise, along with emergency medical personnel. Peace Winds has now deployed our Response Team in central Morocco following Sep 9th 6.8 magnitude earthquake, which has killed more than 2,900. Our team continues in Southern Turkiye 6 months after 7.8 quake in February 2023, which killed 60,000.
Each year major earthquakes (magnitude 7+) happen more than once a month, resulting in significant number of deaths and injuries, as well as damage and destruction to countless homes and buildings. Already vulnerable groups are even more affected by these disasters, including refugees, displaced persons, people living in poverty, and people living in remote areas. Seconds count when there may be survivors trapped beneath the rubble, and survivors need essential supplies and temporary shelter.
With a focus on limiting loss of life, Peace Winds rapidly dispatches search-and-rescue staff, and begins distributing essential water, food, and providing temporary shelters solutions. Where needed, Peace Winds stands up a field hospital with staff doctors and emergency medical personnel. Following an immediate response, Peace winds continues to provide medical first aid, and partners with local organizations delivering food/hygiene kits to vulnerable families, restoring health and wellbeing.
The road to recovery for an impacted community is often long, and Peace Winds will remain providing support as long as it is needed. In the weeks and months following the disaster, this includes distributing essentials such as medical supplies, food, water, and personal hygiene items. In the longer-term, Peace Winds joins with community partners in activities to rebuild and restore households to wellness and self sufficiency.