Five years ago, many members from Firehouse 21 were preparing for deployment to assist with the earthquake in Nepal.
Five years ago today, a M7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. Within hours, USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to lead the U.S. Government’s 🇺🇸 response, provide critical humanitarian assistance, and search for survivors. As we remember all who were affected, take a look back at how our response saved lives:
🔹 USAID - US Agency for International Development airlifted 324 tons of plastic sheeting to provide emergency shelter, plus enough emergency medical supplies to help 40,000 people
🔹Urban search and rescue teams from Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue & Los Angeles County Fire Department searched an area of more than 15 square miles and saved the lives of two people trapped in rubble
🔹 The U.S. military - U.S. Indo-Pacific Command - delivered >114 tons of emergency relief supplies + transported more than 530 humanitarian personnel, to hard-to-reach villages.
In the years since, USAID supported recovery efforts and resumed our decades-long work with Nepalese communities to reduce the impact of future disasters. Today we remain committed to supporting Nepal on it's Journey to Self-Reliance.