Haiti Earthquake 2010 : DERA provided emergency communications systems to partner organizations and operated a 24-hour Emergency Operations Center for six months to support information management needs of Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) involved in the Haiti relief effort. DERA teams provided logistics management, communications planning, and administrative support so that our partner agencies could concentrate on field work. Prior to the earthquake, DERA had prepositioned emergency communications equipment on the island.
Earthquake Exercise 2009: DERA sponsored a multistate, multiagency exercise to identify logistics, communications and preplanning opportunities for a major event on the New Madrid fault. State agencies from Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois participated, as well as numerous Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs).
Hurricanes 2008: DERA deployed satellite communications teams and equipment to several states
prior to landfall of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gustav in order to provide communications
and logistics support to mass care operations and community recovery. DERA provided logistics support
and technical assistance in three states, while making the DERA Online Emergency Operations Center
available to numerous other relief organizations.
North India Floods 2008: DERA international partner, NIAR, deployed communications teams to
Northeast India in August following heavy monsoon floods which had caused dam and levee failures,
destroying the homes of 750,000 and the evacuation of 2.3 million residents. NIAR teams provided the
only communications out of vast regions of Bihar and continue to support logistics communications for
medical teams and relief agencies.
California Fires 2007: DERA members at the Joint Field Office provided state and federal agencies
with expertise in Special Needs planning and assisted in obtaining services for a large number of individuals
for whom there were no other resources.
North American Blizzards 2006: New England experienced a powerful Nor'easter in November
and Western States, especially Colorado, had a severe blizzard in December. DERA teams provided
emergency communications until the infrastructure could be repaired and continued to support
communications and logistics needs of response agencies.
HURRICANES DENNIS, KATRINA, OPHELIA, RITA, WILMA IN 2005: DERA members from around the globe provided technical, financial, and logistical support to this response and recovery effort.
DERA members deployed on a great variety of response and relief missions in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, and Texas, as well as in Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Utah, Georgia, North Carolina and other states where large numbers of evacuees found temporary housing.DERA provided financial assistance to Mexican volunteer rescue teams following devastating damage from Hurricane Wilma on the Yucatan peninsula.
- DERA, along with our partner WCARS, operated an emergency communications vehicle in support of disaster operations in several states. The vehicle, now in the mountains of North Carolina, continues to provide support for communications emergencies including severe winter storms.
- DERA communications equipment, including satellite ground stations, portable satellite telephones, portable HF stations and VHF/UHF tactical radios were deployed to key response areas ahead of these hurricanes and provided critically needed service.
- DERA logistics teams and emergency management specialists assisted other relief organizations with logistics, mission coordination and other special needs.
- DERA continues to operate a clearinghouse to match offers of assistance with those in need for long-term recovery.
- DERA members provided round-the-clock communications support and technical assistance to recovery teams in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and will continue to provide assistance as needed.
- DERA members are leading long-term recovery projects and will remain committed to this mission for the long term.
- DERA is providing education and materials to families on ways they can restore vital paper documents and photographs that have been damaged.
EARTHQUAKE: INDIA - KASHMIR - PAKISTAN
2005: The October 2005 earthquake has resulted in tens of thousands of
deaths and loss of homes and livelihoods for about a million people. Our lead partner for response is NIAR, with
teams active throughout the region. DERA will also support shipment of food by our member organization Feed the
Critical recovery efforts are continuing, nearly a year after the disaster. The December 2004 earthquake and tsunami tragedy is one of the most
notable natural disasters in modern history. Deaths have been
confirmed in at least eight countries while a dozen other countries are
now experiencing severe economic impact. Citizens from over 75
countries have been reported as missing, and the death toll is now
estimated to exceed well over 150,000, with millions more at immediate
risk from disease and complications from injury. The Tsunami left
at least 5,000,000 people homeless and in need of immediate
- At the time of the disaster, DERA members were on
the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (near the earthquake's epicenter in
Indonesia) working on an amateur radio communications project which
DERA was co-funding with NIAR/India. The highly trained team of
unpaid volunteers was well equipped with radios, food, medical
supplies and support supplies.
- Although many of their supplies were lost or
damaged, team members escaped with minor injuries and immediately
began assisting the rescue and relief effort by providing local and
long range radio communications and conducting preliminary damage
- For several days, these team members provided the
only communications with the outside world from remote areas of the
islands. Because Car Nicobar Island remained isolated even after
several days, the government of India asked the team to further divide
its assets and send two team members with HF radio equipment by
helicopter to that island.
Team members plan to remain on the islands
providing critical, life-saving communications as long as
needed. DERA will continue to fund the
DERA is also working through our members in
affected countries and in support of our partnership organizations to
provide medical assistance, emergency communications, and recovery
HAITI 2004: Hurricanes in 2004 caused extensive
devastation on the island of Haiti, resulting in a humanitarian crisis
of extreme proportions. Emergency medical care, rescue of trapped
victims and mass care for homeless victims were top priorities.
Unfortunately, the storms had also destroyed much of the island's
communications infrastructure, making the task of incident management
and resource prioritization nearly
- DERA quickly coordinated requirements with
medical assistance teams and humanitarian aid groups already in Haiti,
developed a contingency communications support plan, purchased radio
equipment, and dispatched technical teams to Haiti in the immediate
aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.
- DERA continues to work in partnership with
medical support teams and other relief organizations on several
long-term recovery and restoration projects in Haiti, and plans to
send additional technical support teams as
- DERA is hosting a workshop in Orlando, Florida in
February 2005, to identify urgent unmet needs in Haiti and facilitate
a coordinated effort among the many organizations committed to
assisting in the Haitian recovery.
FLORIDA and OTHER U.S. STATES 2004: The 2004 hurricane season
was an exceptionally difficult one for many states in addition to
Florida. At times, local resources were overwhelmed despite a very
high level of preparedness. DERA responded to numerous requests for
assistance and is continuing to support local recovery efforts, public
education, and compilation of lessons-learned
- DERA deployed communications support teams with satellite
telephone equipment to numerous sites in Florida, and was credited
with providing life-saving medical communications in the Pensacola
area following Hurricane
- In North Carolina, DERA members provided emergency
communications support to isolated communities following massive
Will You Help Provide a Disaster Communications Lifeline?
provide life-saving disaster communications as an individual donor, team sponsor or volunteer.
Tragically, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita underscored just how critical disaster communications can be.
Since 1962, our nonprofit mission has been to provide emergency communications during disasters. Our volunteers have responded to hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, wildfires,
floods, volcanoes, winter storms, manmade disasters and tsunami. Our
volunteers have served in every part of the
and throughout the world. They
need your help.
You can be
an important part of this vital mission starting today.
We operate and maintain a
variety of emergency communications systems including portable satellite terminals, mobile units that can provide local
and long distance communications and lightweight flyaway kits with battery powered two-way radios. Our volunteers deploy these systems in support of emergency responders, relief
agencies and the public whenever there is a need.
No community is immune
from disasters and communications emergencies, and we are working hard to strengthen our ability to respond rapidly to any
location that has a need. To do this, we need to modernize our aging
equipment, some of which is over 25 years old, upgrade our satellite systems to handle greater capacity, and obtain
additional communications vehicles and satellite terminals.
An important aspect of our project is training and equipping local volunteer
teams in communities throughout the
Our volunteers are active
and retired communications professionals, Amateur Radio operators, emergency managers and electronics technicians working
as highly effective, rapidly deployable teams.
Annually, each emergency communications team needs sponsorship contributions of at least $35,000 to
maintain their equipment and cover deployment costs. This does not include the
initial $98,000 needed to purchase and equip each communications vehicle. A
reliable source of funds is needed to maintain and repair vehicles, electronics equipment and portable generators, pay for
satellite air time and internet service, cover insurance, gasoline, travel expenses and to upgrade or replace obsolete
equipment. We receive no government funds, but depend entirely on the
generosity of private individuals, civic groups, businesses and other donors.
We urgently need financial support for this vital mission.
help or refer us to someone who can.
Donors and Sponsors Needed
Please help us obtain operating funds as well as donations of vehicles, satellite systems and
Major sponsors who partner with DERA on this project will receive full recognition through logo
and name placement on communications vehicles, prominent attention in media releases, and extensive visibility as vehicles
are seen enroute to disasters and on display at exercises, conferences and significant public events.
Your help as a donor, project sponsor or volunteer will provide a communications lifeline to those in
DERA urgently needs your
You can best support our disaster efforts by joining DERA as a member and making a donation to support our all-volunteer field teams.
DERA urgently needs donations of
used or new communications equipment, portable computers and utility vehicles. If you can help, please email:
All donations to DERA qualify
as U.S. tax deductible charitable contributions.
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