Extraction And Rescue
When hurricanes strike, there is inevitably a large amount of people who become trapped and cut off from essential lifesaving services – especially along the track of the eye where the storm is most destructive and life threatening. This is due to several major factors, such as (but not limited to):
- The inability of individuals, families and groups to evacuate – whether it be due to medical reasons such as;
- A person or persons relies on intensive medical care or assistive devices.
- Financial reasons
- Unable to afford a plane, train or bus ticket or cannot even afford gas to leave town.
- Lack of local resources and infrastructure breakdown
- Roads, streets and freeways along evacuation routes may become congested or gridlocked.
- Lack of gas, food and prescription medicine may lead some to take their chances at home.
After the storm, many survivors require life-critical medical attention and evacuation. Often, those most in need wait days or even weeks before this can be provided to them. This is because:
- Roads connecting those in need to first responder services are dangerous and unusable.
- Flooding, fallen trees and debris, and live power lines may impede vehicle, boat and foot travel.
- First responders, hospitals, and critical infrastructure are overwhelmed.
- First responders lack sufficient manpower or equipment to reach those most in need.
- Individuals and groups with critical skills such as medics, logisticians and linemen are often far away in safer areas.
Therefore, we at The Project seek to address the critical issue of hurricane fatalities by staffing a competent, well equipped and well trained rescue team, made up of already experienced professionals to get the job done. The Project will shelter in the areas predicted to be the worst affected in order to reach those most in need as the storm passes.
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