Devastation in Nepal
Six SDF Search Teams Deployed
According to the UN, the death toll from the April 25 earthquake now stands at 5,006 with an additional 10,194 people injured. An estimated 8 million people remain affected across 39 of Nepal’s 75 districts. Authorities expect these figures to rise as rescue efforts continue.
Today, members of USAID’s 128-person Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) reached hard-hit BHAKTAPUR, a city east of Kathmandu. There, the DART’s urban search-and-rescue team worked closely with the Nepali army and members of the community to determine where people might be trapped and to conduct searches.
The DART team is made up 15 USAID disaster experts, a 57-person urban search and rescue (USAR) team from Los Angeles County (including 6 Canine Teams trained by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation) and a 57-person USAR team from Fairfax, VA (which also includes 6 Canine Teams).
Our Mission: Strengthening Disaster Response in America
Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California. Our mission is to strengthen disaster response in America by recruiting rescued dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters.
We offer the professionally trained canines and an ongoing training program at no cost to fire departments. And we ensure lifetime care for every dog in our program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again. There are currently 72 SDF-trained Search Teams located in California, Florida, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Thanks to Mutual Aid Agreements between counties, cities and states, these precious, life-saving resources can be shared regionally and nationally to make sure that when disaster strikes, NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND.
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