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SARAID continue to help in Nepal

SARAID team medic Steve Watkins recently delivered a 4-day training course on light search and rescue, first aid, and community disaster risk reduction to members of Global Action Nepal (an NGO focusing on access to and quality of education in Nepal). The delivered programme trained GAN staff members in preparedness and response, and provided the necessary training and materials to cascade these lessons to the many communities in which they operate. Please see the course description below from Global Action Nepal:

“In the past four days a mixed group of GAN staff and 30 Youth Volunteers have received intense training in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The training was provided by SARAID, a UK specialized group that provided Search and Rescue support in Kathmandu just after the earthquake on the 25th of April.

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The training covered a wide range of topics from how to prepare and plan for a disaster, to how to act during and immediately after one. The group learned through a mix of theory presentations, group work and simulated scenarios. On the acting side they learned and practiced techniques on sectorising a search area, searching and evaluating a semi-collapsed building, building temporary structures to stabilize a semi-collapsed building, searching through a pile of rubble, assessing a victim, transporting victims, writing a standard report etc. From a preparedness point of view they learned how to make an emergency plan, planned and practiced evacuation drills, define an emergency meeting point (ERV), define a ERV kit, making emergency stockpiles, mapping and information gathering, etc.

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In summary it was a very intense mind-expanding experience that will gear up the group to go and share the knowledge with key people in the most affected districts. Let’s wish them all the best in this new adventure!”

Nepal Update 12/05/2015

Today another earthquake of 7.2 - 7.4 magnitude hit Nepal only 17 days after the initial earthquake that killed thousands of people. We are currently monitoring the situation and working with the appropriate organisations to see if we are required to help with any search and rescue assistance.


Below is a video of our recent deployment in response to the earthquake that happened on April 25th 2015


Statement from Kris Hurley - National Director

The SARAID team that deployed to Nepal arrived home safely yesterday and have now been stood down - with the exception of Josh, one of our engineers who remains in country as part of a joint international team supporting the National Government in carrying out structural assessments on damaged buildings (he will hopefully be home in the next couple of days).

As Team Leader for the deployment and National Director I would like to pass on my thanks on behalf of all the team for all the messages of support and well wishes placed on both Facebook and various other social media sites, I would also like to say a big thank you to all those involved in any form of fundraising/donating whilst we have been away - knowing that we had this much support meant a lot to the team whilst we were away.

I am extremely proud of all the hard work carried out by the team in such a professional manner and we look forward to working again in the near future with our close friends at @Fire Germany. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Nepal especially those that have lost loved ones or friends.

Mr Kris Hurley National Director

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