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Israeli Aid Groups Ready to Help with Hurricane Irma Disaster

United with Israel

Several experienced Israeli rescue and aid organizations are gearing up to assist the victims of Hurricane Irma.

With a 12-member team of volunteers currently working in the clean-up operation following Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, the Israeli ZAKA Search and Rescue organization is also establishing command centers in advance of the expected damage from Hurricane Irma in Miami, Florida.

As millions of residents are fleeing the hurricane, tens of volunteers from the ZAKA International Rescue Unit, Hatzalah Miami and the Amudim organization have established two command centers to offer assistance to the local communities when weather conditions allow.

The command centers are equipped with generators, sleeping bags, tinned food, water and all the relevant specialist search, rescue and recovery equipment.

ZAKA volunteers are also standing by in the New York area.

ZAKA International Rescue Unit Chief Officer Mati Goldstein stated, “ZAKA has accumulated extensive experience and significant expertise in tens of natural disasters around the world, offering assistance in search, rescue and recovery to those in need. We intend to offer help in the best and most professional way we can, focusing on evacuation of stranded residents and treating the wounded. The preparation of the last few days means that we are ready, and at the same time, we hope that we will be able to enjoy Rosh Hashana safely with our families.”

ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav added, “ZAKA volunteers are currently spread out across Florida and Houston and, if necessary, we will send volunteers to other areas as well. These volunteers are more concerned with helping others than thinking about themselves. They are there, in the name of the Jewish people, to help and show real solidarity in keeping with our values and the promise that ZAKA has taken to help everyone, Jew, Christian or Muslim. ZAKA will help all those in need, regardless of race, religion or gender.”

In addition, Goldstein sent a letter to all ZAKA volunteers and other community personnel in the areas in the hurricane’s path to offer important advice on how to operate to the benefit and safety of the residents.

几名经验丰富的以色列救援和援助机构正在加紧协助伊拉玛飓风的受害者。

以色列ZAKA搜救机构目前正在哈佛飓风在德克萨斯州休斯顿进行清理工作的12人志愿者团队中,同时也建立了指挥中心,提前在佛罗里达州迈阿密的伊尔玛飓风袭击事件。

由于数以百万计的居民逃离飓风,当天气条件允许时,来自扎卡国际救援队,哈扎扎拉迈阿密和阿姆迪姆组织的数十名志愿者设立了两个指挥中心,为当地社区提供援助。

指挥中心配有发电机,睡袋,罐头食品,水和所有相关的专业搜索,救援和回收设备。

ZAKA志愿者也站在纽约地区。

扎卡国际救援部门负责人马蒂·戈德斯坦(Mati Goldstein)表示:“扎卡在全球数十次自然灾害方面积累了丰富的经验和丰富的专业知识,为有需要的人提供搜索,救援和恢复援助。我们打算以最好最专业的方式提供帮助,重点是撤离滞留居民和治疗伤员。过去几天的准备意味着我们已经准备好了,同时我们也希望能够和我们的家人一起享受Rosh Hashana。“

扎卡主席耶胡达·米希扎扎夫补充说:“扎卡志愿者目前正在佛罗里达州和休斯顿市区散布,如有需要,我们也会派志愿者到其他地区。这些志愿者更关心帮助别人而不是思考自己。他们以犹太人的名义在那里,帮助和表现出真正的团结一致,符合我们的价值观和ZAKA为帮助大家,犹太人,基督徒或穆斯林而作出的承诺。扎卡将帮助所有有需要的人,无论种族,宗教或性别如何。“

Doing the Most They Can

Similarly, the directorship of the Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) met on Thursday in order to make plans for deployment to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Members of Israel’s Search and Rescue Units, as well as medical and psychological first aid responders from United Hatzalah (UH), discussed plans for deployment and it was decided that the team would be deployed in Miami on Sunday morning.

“Our teams have already begun assembling data and connecting with local teams on the ground in Florida as well as the Israeli consulate and getting regular updates and assessments from the ground,” said Dov Maisel, Director of International Operations for the IRC as well as Vice President of UH. “We spent the day gearing up so that we can make a quick departure on Saturday night in order to arrive in Florida on Sunday morning, hopefully before the full bunt of the storm hits.”

The team will consist of eight members leaving from Israel who will be joined in Florida by four people from the US who will be running logistics and organizing community response.

Among the team members making preparations to depart are a team of search and rescue veterans who are trained for rescues on land and by sea, diving teams, veteran EMS and natural disaster personnel, as well as a group of Psychotrauma and Crisis Response unit members following the success of this unit’s deployment in Texas last week.

“We’re trying to get out in front of this as much as possible. With resources and volunteers already heavily engaged in Texas, if Irma strikes hard in Florida, people on the ground there will need as much help as they can get, and we are not hesitating to deploy and assist in any way we can,” said Maisel.

This is the IRC’s fourth international mission in three years having had members dispatched to Nepal following the 2015 earthquake, to Haiti in 2016 following Hurricane Matthew, and most recently in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

By: United with Israel Staff

尽可能多做

同样,以色列拯救联盟(IRC)的领导人星期四会晤,以便在伊玛飓风之后制定部署到佛罗里达州的计划。以色列搜救部队成员以及联合哈扎扎拉(UH)的医疗和心理急救人员讨论了部署计划,并决定该队将于星期天上午部署在迈阿密。

IRC国际业务主管Dov Maisel表示:“我们的团队已经开始汇总数据,并与佛罗里达州的当地团队以及以色列领事馆以及以色列领事馆进行定期更新和评估。” UH总裁。 “我们花了一天的时间,以便星期六晚上能够快速离开,以便在星期天上午抵达佛罗里达州,希望在暴风雨的全部”storm之前。

该团队将由八名来自以色列的成员组成,他们将由美国四名将在佛罗里达州加入佛罗里达州的人员进行物流和组织社区反应。

在准备出发的团队中,有一组搜救退伍军人,他们接受陆上和海上救援培训,潜水队,退伍军人EMS和自然灾害人员以及一批精神防疫和危机应对单位成员该单位在德克萨斯州上周的部署成功。

“我们试图尽可能地摆脱这一切。由于资源和志愿者已经在德克萨斯州大量从事,如果Irma在佛罗里达州厉害,那么地面上的人们将需要尽可能多的帮助,我们毫不犹豫地以任何方式部署和协助,“Maisel 。

这是IRC在三年后的第四次国际访问,在2015年地震之后派驻了尼泊尔的成员,到了飓风马修后的2016年海地,最近在德克萨斯州哈维飓风之后。

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