Hurricane Harvey Urban Search & Rescue Deployment

by EMPACT Northwest
Hurricane Harvey Urban Search & Rescue Deployment


Empact Northwest is deploying a team of highly trained Urban Search & Rescue personnel to the areas most likely to be heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey in the next 48 hours. This team will be ready to go right to work with local fire departments and NGO's to rescue, support, and assist those affected in the most underserved communities.

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From the NYT: Hurricane Harvey, powered by the Gulf of Mexico's warm waters and poised to strike the United States as a major hurricane, [is] strengthening as it swept toward Texas. High winds and dozens of inches of rain were expected to begin battering coastal and inland communities. The National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm to Category 4 Friday, with sustained winds of 130 miles an hour. It could make landfall by early Saturday near Corpus Christi, TX according to the NWS.


Empact Northwest is the only nationally deployable non-profit Urban Search & Rescue team in the country. Our highly trained rescuers will work directly with local fire and emergency services to provide direct rescue and assistance to those effected, focusing on underserved communities.

Long-Term Impact

We will provide rescue and assistance to underserved communities that rarely see the benefits of major federal support, bringing hope to thousands who are trapped, frightened, hurt, or stranded.


Organization Information

EMPACT Northwest

Location: Tacoma, WA - USA
Project Leader:
Jake Gillanders
Executive Director
Kingston , WA United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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