Hurricane Harvey is the strongest hurricane to hit Texas since Hurricane Carla in 1961, and one of only two U.S. hurricanes to cause an extreme wind warning to be issued, indicating tornado-like winds within the storm. Reservoirs are dealing with unprecedented strain, and if any one of them were to break, it would cause catastrophe far beyond what the Houston area has already seen. It’s possible this may be the worst disaster in Texas history. That’s why we’re here.
What is Help.NGO doing to respond to the disaster?
HELP.NGO has its operational unit (Global DIRT) deployed to Houston and Port Arthur Texas with swift water rescue units, thermal imagery, unmanned aerial vehicles, and communications gear. The boat teams are operating with Zodiac and NRS swift water rescue craft and are operated by certified swift water rescue technicians from our US regional hubs.
Who is Global DIRT?
The mission of Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) is to fill the void that exists between the time of a disaster occurrence and that of the traditional response effort. The international non-governmental organization utilizes the Special Force’s small unit leadership model, combining its all-volunteer force of first responders, subject matter experts, and prior service military personnel to respond within the first 24-48 hours of a disaster. Volunteers provide medical assistance, communications access, search and rescue capabilities, and coordination support. Global DIRT is able to insert into a disaster or post-disaster situation with key equipment and knowledge, thus limiting the loss of life, property, and resources, all while operating efficiently to ensure that every donor dollar contributes to mission success.
Global DIRT responds to short term emergencies and the long term ramifications of disasters. Since 2010, the organization has responded to a variety of emergencies around the world, ranging from flooding to Emergency Medical Services development to radiation monitoring in countries such as Haiti, Pakistan, New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Nepal, the Mediterranean crisis, and the United States. The team has utilized the latest technologies such as GATR satellite terminals, Life Giving Force mobile filters, Noah Water Systems UV potable water treatment system, FLIR thermal imaging cameras, Immersive Media equipment, UAVs, and GIS systems in its missions. The positioning of this equipment has providing critical life-saving support to survivors.
What can you do to help?
Global DIRT needs your support in the successful implementation of this emergency operation. To donate today please follow the DONATE button on the right hand side of the page, secured through Paypal. Checks and Wire transfers are also possible through the CONTACT link at the top of this page. Global DIRT is an operation of Help.NGO, a US non-profit based in South Carolina that operates around the globe and all donations are tax deductible. For those looking to volunteer please click on the GET INVOLVED! link at the top of the page. DIRT works extensively to prepare teams ahead of deployments but may add additional personnel as needed with special skills including K9 Handlers (FEMA Certified), Structural Engineers, Doctors, and persons with language/dialect specific knowledge of our deployment area.