Emergency response kits
When disaster such as a tsunami or cyclone strikes in the Pacific, families can lose everything. They need help immediately. In a few short minutes, an earthquake, tsunami, flood or cyclone can take away whole villages – loved ones, homes, belongings, crops and animals, livelihoods. Rotary assist in practical ways by suppling distressed and displaced families with Emergency Response Kits (ERKs).
Each Kit holds over 60 items packed in a 78-litre container which can be used to treat drinking water – there are purifying tablets for this purpose. With a little ingenuity, families can create a shelter from tarpaulins using the hammer and nails provided. There’s a folding shovel for digging trenches. Food is key so there’s fishing gear, a hunting knife, and cooking equipment. As well as basic clothing, there are bed covers for warmth. Maintaining hygiene and treating minor injuries is important too; a medical pack with items such as soap, painkillers and antiseptic cream provides the basics.
in an emergency...
we can help
“This Rotary programme is about restoring dignity to the underprivileged when they are at their most vulnerable.”
– Stuart Batty