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      EMPACT Team 1 Home From Nepal

      In response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, EMPACT Northwest Disaster Team 1 was deployed to Kathmandu and arrived in country April 27th. After establishing a base of operations, EMPACT NW was designated USA-11 by the United Nations Disaster Assistance Center (UNDAC). Our team was assigned an assessment and assistance mission to the Lanmang Village Complex where they recovered one body and reported vital assessment information to the UNDAC. Read the full article

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      Disaster Response Trailer Advertising Opportunity!

      EMPACT Northwest Urban Search and Rescue Team Rescue Trailer Advertising Opportunity: Place your company logo on our high profile disaster response trailer!! We will also target your customers on social media and make sure they know that you support our mission! We also have individual/family tributes available! Our trailer is the cornerstone of our responses, training courses, conferences and public events. Now is your chance to be a “permanent” part Read the full article

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      2015 Volunteer Recruiting Campaign!

      Deadline is June 15, 2015! New Volunteer Orientation: May 30, 13:00 Hours South Kitsap Fire Station 31, 200 Tremont Street, Port Orchard WA, 98366   EMPACT Northwest is now adding new members to our disaster response teams! Empact is seeking 8-10 motivated volunteer members to fill multiple deployment positions. Opportunities include rescue providers, medical specialists, disaster physicians, mental health providers, deployed logistics specialists, and deployed communications specialists. As of 2015, Read the full article

    • Jake Gillanders and Dave Schmidt operate in Tacloban, PI following typhoon Haiyans devastation.

      Urban Search And Rescue Task Force

      Disaster Response Northwest is the west coast based rapid response team for EMPACT. Designed to put boots on the ground within 72 hours of any systemic collapse disaster, DRNW is meant to provide advanced field care for the critical first several weeks after a disaster, until larger organizations can provide more stable, long lasting services.

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      • Jake Gillanders and Dave Schmidt operate in Tacloban, PI following typhoon Haiyans devastation.
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    The Oso Mudslide

    Sunday, June 7th, 2015

    The Oso Mudslide By Armadeus Davidson RO, EMT-P I surveyed the devastation strewn across the muddy clay of no-man’s-land. Orphaned parts of the Stillaguamish River sat idle in swampy crater like pockets of devastation. From the muck protruded the broken spines of homes, roofing, twisted remnants of cars, microwaves, toys, and clothes. In the cold stew were men, women, and children of Steelhead Haven where a mountainside gave way and Read the full article

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    EMPACT Nepal! Mission Brief & Fundraiser

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

    EMPACT Urban Search And Rescue Team Mission to Nepal Presentation by Team Leader Jake Gillanders Friday JUNE 12th, 2015 7:00pm–9:00pm Asian Pacific Cultural Center 4851 South Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98409 Wine, Refreshments, Silent Auction $20 Donation CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

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    USAR News: EMPACT Task Force Selected to Receive Search Dogs

    Thursday, May 7th, 2015

    EMPACT Northwest’s Urban Search and Rescue Team is excited to share that we have been selected by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation to receive four fully trained and supported disaster search canines. The Search Dog Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives in times of disaster. The dogs play a vital role in quickly locating survivors of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados or floods. The window of survival for Read the full article


    Nepal Rescue Mission Support

    Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

    EMPACT Team 1 is returning from the Nepal Search and Rescue Mission! Our team is 100% donor funded and we need your help! We are looking to recover the cost of airfare, on the ground mission and communication expenses. Our rescue teams are 100% volunteer and accomplish our mission at a fraction of the cost other organizations. We are committed to upholding the Better Business Bureau standards and openly post Read the full article

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