It’s Time for a Global Natural Disaster Response Force

by John Brian Shannon | Reposted from JohnBrianShannon.com

China 6.5 Earthquake | Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:19am local time

Rescue workers in China are hunting for survivors after an earthquake rocked China’s southwestern Sichuan province, killing 19 people and injuring more than 250 reports Xinhua news.

Earthquake in China, August 8, 2017 at 9:19am local time. The U.S. Geological Survey gave the quake a magnitude of 6.5.
Earthquake in China: Rescue workers in China hunt for survivors from a 6.5 Earthquake (Aug, 8, 2017, 9:19am local time) that killed 19 and injured 250 in Sichuan province. The U.S. Geological Survey gave the quake a magnitude of 6.5.

The popular tourist destination of Jiuzhaigou is located near the epicentre of the quake — in a national park known for its spectacular natural beauty. Many resorts in the region are fully-booked at this time of year.

Natural disaster response force tag \ Gongyuyan, China: The Gongyuyan scenic spot offers spectacular views including a stone forest and the Shenlong waterfall in Tianshi township, Xianju county.
There are many scenic areas in China: The Gongyuyan scenic spot offers spectacular views including a stone forest and the Shenlong waterfall in Tianshi township, Xianju county.

It’s well past time that every government on the planet contribute to the creation of a specialized natural disaster rapid deployment force with fully stocked distribution centres located on every continent, complete with their own aircraft and able to reach any disaster area in the world within hours.

Hundreds of tons of food, tents, beds, portable kitchens to feed thousands and portable medical stations designed to provide triage care to injured persons could be getting loaded into aircraft for the flight to the disaster zone within minutes of any disaster.

It would be great if the temporary medical facilities could be manned by Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières once the stations were erected in the disaster zone.

Agencies like NASA and the USGS could offer their technical expertise, while other organizations could contribute aviation fuel, emergency supplies, rescue workers / logistic personnel along with other important relief assistance.

At any moment, anywhere on the planet might be hit by an earthquake, flood, cyclone or other severe storms, or even meteorites large enough to cause serious damage (yes, the dinosaurs didn’t believe that either). Which is why it’s time to stop talking and get doing it!


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Solar Impulse 2 takes off on final leg of epic flight

The solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Cairo on it’s way to Abu Dhabi, on the final leg of an epic challenge

Solar Impulse 2
From the Solar Impulse 2 website: “Our adventure in 2015 started the attempt of the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, from Abu Dhabi to Hawaii, already achieving the longest solo solar flight ever achieved in aviation history. The flight team must overcome technical, human and operational challenges that have never been faced before. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, our two Pilots and Founders, will continue to fly around the world with no fuel in 2016. With their solar aircraft, a flying laboratory full of clean technologies, they will continue to promote the use of renewable energies and energy efficiency on the ground, for a better quality of life.” Image courtesy of euronews.

An aircraft powered by solar energy alone has left Egypt on the last leg of the first ever fuel-free flight around the world. Solar Impulse 2 climbed out of Cairo on Sunday in darkness, bound for Abu Dhabi – a journey that’s expected to take between 48 and 72 hours. The carbon fibre plane –… Continue reading Solar Impulse 2 takes off on final leg of epic flight