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  • Global DIRT | Disaster Immediate Response Team
    Volunteer Experiences Evie Hurricane Sandy Relief NY Volunteer Experiences Heidi Volunteer Experiences Alexandra Volunteer Experiences Kerry Scratching The Surface New Zealand Information Volunteer Experiences Cristin Senior more Upcoming events No upcoming events available more Earthquake Response Nepal Submitted by zclancy on Mon 04 27 2015 01 00 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

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/ (2016-02-14)
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  • About | Global DIRT
    DIRT s response module is composed of four elements Reconnaissance Medical Communications and Urban Search and Rescue USAR The Global DIRT Reconnaissance Team is responsible for ground coordination developing an operational picture mapping and logistics support immediately after a disaster occurs The team utilizes 360 degree GIS cameras coordination tools from the Communications Team and specialized monitoring equipment to support most recovery efforts When not deployed the Reconnaissance Team conducts planning operations for various state and federal government agencies in the U S and Haiti The team also cross trains with other DIRT teams in preparation for future deployments The Medical Team is responsible for the safety of deploying team members as well as the provision of medical support to disaster survivors as needed The team is currently developing solutions for rapidly deployable inflatable hospitals as well as kits to convert traditional vehicles into ambulances for emergency patient transport When not deployed the medical team researches new and innovative ways to provide patient care in emergencies It also concentrates efforts on the continuing medical operation in the third world The Communications Team is responsible for creating and maintaining field communications for operationally deployed members partner agencies and survivors The team employs inflatable satellite terminals satellite phones mobile cellular towers and high frequency equipment They are also responsible for managing web based application tools that operate on cell phones and tablets to allow rescuers and survivors to access critical information resources and collection tools While not deployed the team develops new technology solutions for coordination mapping communication and information broadcasting in future disasters The Urban Search and Rescue Team is Global DIRT s newest addition and expects to be fully operational in the next 24 months as training and international certifications are completed This team is responsible for managing the deployment

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/about (2016-02-14)
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  • Global DIRT | Disaster Immediate Response Team
    zclancy on Sun 11 11 2012 13 12 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 zclancy s blog Add new comment Read more Volunteer Experiences Heidi Submitted by kdriscoll on Tue 01 24 2012 17 40 I had the privilege of organizing a volunteer trip to Haiti for myself and 5 other pediatric nurses from MN with Global DIRT I have been on other mission trips before I have even organized them If all goes well you go to a place and provide the service that the organization you are volunteering with specializes in This trip was different in every way We told Sarah what our interests were and she put together a perfect volunteer experience for us kdriscoll s blog Add new comment Read more Volunteer Experiences Alexandra Submitted by kdriscoll on Sat 01 14 2012 11 23 kdriscoll s blog Add new comment Read more Volunteer Experiences Kerry Submitted by sgrosh on Tue 12 13 2011 10 16 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 sgrosh s blog Add new comment Read more Scratching The Surface Submitted by kdriscoll on Thu 09 29 2011 18 17 Global DIRT was recently featured on the George Washington University Medical Center s website for some

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  • Haiti EMS Development | Global DIRT
    driver jumped out of the vehicle and the unguided truck proceeded to hit three vehicles and fifteen motorcycles before driving over a curb and hitting dozens of local street vendors The truck then reflected off a wall and back into the street where it sent a smaller truck over a ten foot embankment before tipping on its side and crushing two vehicles underneath it When the vehicle finally came to rest on the edge of a wall 32 people had been killed nearly 100 were injured dozens of them critically and live victims were trapped underneath the massive truck One Global DIRT team received notification of the critical situation from the United Nations UN and responded immediately while another team that had been out of communication happened upon the accident and began to assist The incident took dozens of personnel and heavy equipment to remove the truck and free the vehicles underneath it The accident and response sparked an urgency within the Haitian government to develop plans for the Ministry of Health s Centre Ambulancier National CAN program Global DIRT was brought in to train and serve as advisors for the program by Secretary of State Reginald Delva Global DIRT began development of an official curriculum for emergency medical services EMS customized for the unique challenges within the country The team also began training the Ministry of Health personnel who operated the 30 Land Cruiser ambulances donated by Brazil By the summer of 2012 Global DIRT had trained over 75 personnel to a first responder level The ambulances now respond via central dispatch accessed by dialing 116 and are equipped with backboards oxygen AEDs and trauma supplies In addition Global DIRT provided first aid training for the employees of businesses in the industrial and tourism sectors that have an increased

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/project/haiti-ems-development (2016-02-14)
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  • Super Storm Sandy | Global DIRT
    and distributed hundreds of thousands of items to the Rockaway residents DIRT then began working with various small groups that were being formed to do everything from debris removal to health and wellness checks It became clear that the disaster would require countless hours of volunteer manpower and support from the private sector to work with City State and Federal government agencies operating in the area The team began to see issues emerge from inaccurate or outdated information To better inform storm survivors Global DIRT reached out to Toyota and other private sector partners who were able to print tens of thousands of multilingual information packets to distribute at relief shelters The biggest challenge residents faced immediately after the storm was communicating with loved ones and agencies that could provide aid This was due to the collapse of all traditional utilities in the area cable internet cell phones landlines radio and printed news After identifying the gap in providing these critical needs DIRT contacted GATR a company that provides inflatable ground antenna solutions for broadband internet and New Spirit Alliance for funding Within 48 hours DIRT had established a working network to provide internet access to thousands of residents Shortly thereafter Google came in with Chromebooks allowing the team to set up free cyber café sites across the city to facilitate resident enrollment in FEMA assistance and NYC s Rapid Repairs programs Through interaction with Super Storm Sandy survivors Global DIRT began to see a critical gap where residents were in need agencies were providing critical services to assist with the problem and the two groups were not able to find each other The New York National Guard was tasked out to NYC s Office of Emergency Management OEM and was going door to door to check on residents as

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/project/super-storm-sandy (2016-02-14)
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  • Japan Tsunami | Global DIRT
    Japan While preparations continued Global DIRT received feedback that teams were being asked to stand down due to a potential incident unfolding at the Fukushima Diachi 1 Nuclear Power Plant The team quickly refocused the mission and reached out to the Department of Energy and U S Embassy in Japan to provide radiation monitoring mapping and the donation of radiation detectors Through support from donors Global DIRT secured a SAM 940 Radiation Isotope Identifier and transportation to Japan for the team and equipment through the non profit Airlink Once on the ground an assessment was conducted from 70km away right up to the fence line of the plant in meltdown The information gathered on type and strength of radiation detected was then given to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency JAEA and International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA in a Geographic Information System GIS format This information was also shared with Japan s Ministry of Sports Science and Technology who were managing the incident when it was identified that there were pockets of radiation sitting outside the 25km exclusion zone As a result of the information collected by Global DIRT the exclusion zone was expanded and certain areas of higher radiation levels were evacuated saving tens of thousands of residents from harmful exposure To see the radiation map click here During this time the Global DIRT assessment team found that it was imperative to ensure that public schools and other areas geographically close to the nuclear plant had continuous monitoring equipment for safety and to reassure residents The team coordinated with the U S Embassy Berkeley Nucleonics the Japanese government and the state of Illinois to facilitate the donation of over 3 000 personal radiation detection devices The units were distributed to public places across the country where young children who were

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/project/japan (2016-02-14)
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  • New Zealand Earthquake | Global DIRT
    city s infrastructure Global Disaster Immediate Response Team DIRT mobilized an assessment team and inserted with a ten thousand liter per day water filter as well as mapping equipment The team then connected with the United Nation s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA New Zealand Civil Defense USHAHIDI and the Volunteer Army Foundation who were already providing assistance Global DIRT members traveled across the CBD with Geographic Information System GIS enabled cameras to map out infrastructure damage and relayed information back to relevant partners This information along with thousands of crowd sourced reports was entered into the USHAHIDI platform to provide a near real time operational picture of the disaster zone Additionally Global DIRT team members went out with the Student Volunteer Army now the Volunteer Army Foundation a group of students coordinating and providing manual labor debris removal Due to the high volume of liquefaction silt that rises out of the ground and deposits several feet into residents homes that occurred there was a need for thousands of personnel to clear it out by hand with shovels and wheelbarrows The volunteers met every day at the University of Canterbury and were transported to properties where survivors had

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/project/new-zealand (2016-02-14)
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  • Haiti Cholera | Global DIRT
    was confirmed that the outbreak was caused by cholera Global DIRT personnel inserted into the St Nicolas hospital where patients began arriving by the dozens Concerned about safety MSF Medecins Sans Frontieres or Doctors Without Borders personnel left for the evening leaving the DIRT team with hundreds of patients The hospital was overrun by patients the first night and personnel worked straight through to provide care In the coming days hundreds of Haitians would succumb to the effects of cholera Thousands were infected The team then connected with the group Youth With A Mission YWAM who had a box style ambulance and had been providing patient transports with a dispatch number being broadcast over FM radios The ambulance crew was greatly in need of personnel reinforcements and Global DIRT medics quickly responded to the call for help The team provided transports around the clock until the vehicle rolled over and was totaled while responding to a call The team then returned to Port au Prince and continued to move supplies into the area A week into the cholera emergency Hurricane Tomas formed to the east of Haiti and the team prepared for the imminent storm Global DIRT brought in additional personnel and supplies in preparation for the cholera spread and to assist in the event of catastrophic damage from the hurricane As cholera spread across Haiti the country was preparing for its presidential elections and demonstrations and violence were occurring across Port au Prince As a result of the violence NGO movement was severely restricted Global DIRT staffed night shifts at the only cholera treatment center CTC in Wharf Jeremie outside Cite Soleil where MSF was restricted to operating during the hours of 9am 3pm Once the situation stabilized at that location the team began work at the St Luc

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/project/haiti-cholera (2016-02-14)
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