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Hurricane Irma Deployment

Hurricane Irma is continuing to tear a deadly path through the Caribbean, causing widespread destruction and reducing buildings to rubble, on a track that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.

Our team is now in the final stages of preparation for a response mission to the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and ahead of Hurricane Jose. We are deploying as part of a joint team with Rescue Global to provide Command, Control, Communications, reconnaissance; needs assessments; medical assistance and inter-agency coordination.

The current situation is that Rescue Global and SARAID has been requested to provide reconnaissance and enabling operations in the Caribbean, primarily focussed around the islands of St Thomas and St John in the US Virgin Islands.

Initially two USAR team members will deploy alongside members of Rescue Global, this will allow them to carry out building damage and medical assessments as well as liaison with UN and partner agencies. The team will depart from Gatwick 1800 on 09/09/2017 and fly to The Virgin Islands.


One of SARAID's Engineers Josh Macabuag will be taking part in a panel discussion as part of the prestigious RedR UK (Registered Engineers For Disaster Relief) Speaker Series. The event is titled "Earthquake Engineering" and brings together a number of practitioners to discuss the various stages of earthquake engineering, from the initial post-disaster response to long-term recovery and preparedness. Josh will be primarily discussing his experiences as an engineer from deploying with SARAID to the 2015 Nepal Earthquake alongside another of SARAID's engineers, Mark Scorer (Atkins).

The event is free to attend, so please sign up here and show your support.

Event: RedR Panel Discussion: Earthquake Engineering
Date/Time: 28 JUNE 6.30PM
Venue: Institution of Civil Engineers, 1 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA
Click here to register  

RedR UK (Registered Engineers For Disaster Relief) is an international humanitarian NGO which supports aid organisations and other humanitarian actors across the world by developing skills and providing expertise. Their speaker series provides an opportunity for the insights that members and other humanitarians have gained, from recent work or research undertaken in the field, to be shared more widely.

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