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 […]
Since January 2016 nearly 350,000 migrants have attempted crossing the Mediterranean sea, and according to the United Nations, over 4,600 people have drowned in their attempt. Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (Global DIRT), through it’s Africa/Europe/Middle East Regional Office, has deployed two rotations of rescue […]
On April 25th, 2015 a 7.9 Earthquake struck the country of Nepal killing over 3,500 people and leaving over 8 million people displaced and in immediate need of medical, food, and shelter support. Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (Global DIRT), through its Asia/Pacific Regional Office, has deployed an assessment team to utilize Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and coordinate with the United Nations, on the potential deployment of human remains detection K9 teams, and medical technicians to support the ongoing relief effort of the Government of Nepal.
The equipment deployed by Global DIRT – Asia/Pacific Region includes a SenseFly Ebee UAS to capture aerial imagery. This data will then be distributed to local and international partners for analysis and planning purposes in debris management, CCCM, and humanitarian aid distribution.
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 a US 501(c)(3) listed non-profit and all donations are available for tax write-off purposes. 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.
Thank you for your ongoing support and we will continue to update this page as the situation develops.
On November 3rd Super Typhoon Haiyan formed in the Pacific Ocean, the width of the entire US east coast, with the fastest wind speed ever recorded. As the storm approached Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) prepared to respond to the Philippines with all available […]
Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) has deployed an assessment team to New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, with efforts focused on the Rockaway Beach region. After several days on the ground, Global DIRT is preparing to launch I.T. and coordination teams to assist in food distribution, ground communications, and emergency information management.
Food distribution is ongoing in Rockaway, NY. Global DIRT will begin to organize the effort and bring in computer equipment to better communicate what is most needed, where further assistance is needed, and ensure safe deployment and tracking of volunteers to distribute food and assist in clean up. As the recovery efforts continue, Global DIRT will launch an online platform in order to manage volunteers and provide a schedule for those assisting at the St Francis De Sales relief center on 129th Street in the heart of the effected community.
The storm surges that affected New York resulted in massive infrastructure damage and the loss of ground communications, which have yet to be restored. Global DIRT is coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Deparment of Health and Human Services, and NGO partners to bring in satellite communications that will improve voice and data access to the community. This is critical due to the online and phone registration process necessary to file housing damage reports and disability reports, as well as allow local residents to request recovery assistance from government agencies.
Global DIRT is deploying an Information Management Team in order to track and monitor the latest information on the sewage, water, electric, academics, trash, medical, and security sectors. The team is coordinating efforts with the New York City mayor’s office, FEMA, and state utility services in order to generate the most up-to-date, accurate information to distribute to the general public in the storm-ravaged areas. The team is currently exploring options to deploy a Radio In A Box (RIAB) System in order to deliver daily information through an emergency FM radio channel. This will be the most efficient method of providing continuous updates to the people who need it most. Other communication mediums are currently less effective, due to the lack of electricity, intermittent cellular coverage, and the fact that the effected area is so wide-spread. If deployed, the RIAB team will distribute crank FM radios to the community.
Global DIRT is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) registered non-governmental organization. We rely on donor funds to accomplish critical missions around the world in times of need. Donate today to continue our mission in Rockaway/Staten Island. For information, or to volunteer, please use one of the email addresses on the contact page.
DIRT had the privilege of hosting Kerry Appleton as part of a team of six pediatric nurses for a week at the end of October. These women worked tirelessly all week long to provide the people of Port-au-Prince with the best care possible. Kerry shared with us this glimpse into her week:
“Global DIRT is an impressive organization! Their staff put an unforgettable experience together for our team of six pediatric nurses. I feel that we had a true immersion into the community and an incredible variety of experiences…all in one week! Our group participated in mobile clinics, did shift work at the hospital and ran a clinic at a safe house for rape victims. Being a pediatric intensive care nurse, I was surprised to learn that I enjoyed the mobile clinics more than the hospital work. It was exciting to step so far out of my comfort zone.
This was my first medical mission trip, but certainly not my last. I hope that Global DIRT and other small NGOs continue to receive enough funding to keep their missions alive. Haiti’s problems are immense, but if individuals and groups keep coming to do their small part, Haiti will have a brighter future. I would love to have the opportunity to work with Global DIRT again!” – Kerry Appleton, RN
Visit the team’s blog http://www.tohaitiwego.blogspot.com for more about the week!
Global DIRT was recently featured on the George Washington University Medical Center’s website for some of its volunteers. We would like to, first and foremost, thank our fantastic volunteers who keep our organization rolling and also thank Anna Miller for writing this piece. Read a […]