Advice required: Sources of evidence for disaster health and example questions (2)

4 June, 2018

Hello Caroline - During the quake in Haiti I witnessed some pretty impressive teams - some from Israel, Poland, Norway - I think a skill set best left to these highly trained teams with specialized equipment. That being said - the everyday heroes were Haitians who worked tirelessly and without regard for their own safety and probably saved more lives than the the experts. No one knows how many lives were lost by friends and family members trying to 'go-back-in' or dig-out a loved one - so I assume this is the focus of your training?

There is all the training at US FEMA:

The source that I've heard-of - is the International Search & Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG). From their website" "NSARAG is a global network of more than 80 countries and organisations under the United Nations umbrella. INSARAG deals with urban search and rescue (USAR) related issues, aiming to establish minimum international standards for USAR teams and methodology for international coordination in earthquake response based on the INSARAG Guidelines endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/150 of 2002, on Strengthening the Effectiveness and Coordination of International Urban Search and Rescue Assistance”. Their website is: - where they offer training programs and may be a high-level resource for best practices and within the UN Office for Coordination of Human Affairs.

Best wishes - Michele

Michele Sare, MSN, RN - Exec. Director

Nurses for Nurses International Foundation, Inc. 501(c)3

5392 Hwy 1

Hall, MT 59837-9713


HIFA profile: Michele Sare is Executive Director of Nurses for Nurses International, USA. Professional interests: SDH, MDG, healthcare justice, inspiring & empowering the world's largest HC workforce - nurses & midwives. Email address: sare.michele AT