Israeli aid teams join Florida rescue efforts

By September 14 2017, 17:17 Latest News No Comments

irma floridaIsraeli humanitarian response organisations, the Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) and United Hatzalah, this week sent search and rescue, and psychotrauma teams to southern Florida to assist with rescue efforts in response to Hurricane Irma.

The hurricane killed at least six people in Florida after killing 35 in the Caribbean.

Israeli aid teams also offered aid to communities in Haiti most affected by the hurricane, as well as elsewhere in the Caribbean. Other teams provided assistance to those in need in Texas following Hurricane Harvey and Mexico after a deadly earthquake last week.

Israeli NGO IsraAID has joined relief efforts, as has the Israeli Foreign Ministry, which has sent supplies and donations to those in need via its US Embassies.

Israeli aid teams are known to respond extremely rapidly to natural disasters around the world, and are often the first volunteers on the ground after catastrophes. IsraAID and the Israeli Foreign Ministry have previously provided teams in Peru to support flood victims, as well as leading rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea following the European migrant crisis and rescuing and treating victims of the devastating Himalayan earthquake in 2015.

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