What are your chances of surviving a disaster such as nuclear fallout, financial crisis, floods, extreme heat or even earthquakes and war? Unless you are prepared, pretty slim. Here are some vital tips and suggestions to help you improve your chances of survival
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Disaster Aide International
Disaster Aid International is a Rotary Club initiative designed to aid in disaster relief around the planet.
The Rotary Club, a non-profit help organisation, was started in 1905 by Paul P. Harris a Chicago attorney. He formed one of the world's first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary's name comes from the group's early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
The idea is to deliver innovative humanitarian aid solutions to people in developing countries who have suffered loss following natural or other disasters. Rotarian volunteers work to rebuild communities in these areas.
Disaster Aid Australia is a public company limited by guarantee and holds Deductible Gift Recipient [DGR] status, meaning it is entitled to receive income tax deductible gifts and tax deductible contributions. It has also been set up in other countries such as Malaysia, UK, Ireland and the USA.
Contact details for your area can be found on their website: Rotary
Disaster Aid International also supply survival kits such as a Family Survival Pack that provides a family with the basic tools to rebuild their lives. All products contained in the one box meet and exceed UN and Sphere standards and have innovative differences.
For ease of transport and manoeuvrability, the box has wheels and a handle. Its capacity is 190 litres, with the lid serving as a carpenter's workbench with two 2x4 inch saw grooves, and is completed with a tool holder.
Inside the box is a range of support items, most importantly, the Disaster Aid tent which is the largest humanitarian aid tent available. And best of all, it is inter-connectable. with it a four classroom school can be erected for up to eighty school children; assist with a first aid tent; erect a community centre - the deliverables are many and varied dependent on the needs.
It is also filled with blankets, water containers, cooking utensils, a stove, pots, pans, children rucksacks (with books and pencils), mosquito nets and other useful items.
The Family Survival Pack costs $800 dollars.
As the packs are deployed, Disaster Aid Australia provides information detailing exactly how your donation was used.
There is also a LifeBox available. LifeBox was founded in 2005 as a way of modernising an existing Rotary Club project called Emergency Box Trust that had been in operation for over 30 years.
The LifeBox team is run by the Denton & Audenshaw Rotary Club and with the help of volunteers and other Rotary clubs, they collect donations, give talks on the work of Disaster Aid International and fill LifeBoxes in their warehouse in Rochdale. The LifeBoxes are held in the warehouse until a need is identified, the boxes are then despatched to disaster areas such as China, Pakistan, Grenada, Georgia, Haiti and South Sudan for example.
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