The first phase of the deployment in Nepal will be lead by one of our most experienced DART, Dave Tuzewski (Adelaide, Australia), with the support of one of our newest DARTs, Peter Hazell (Norwich, UK).
Dave’s career as a consultant in tourism and cross-cultural business lead to his interest in becoming a founder member of Disaster Aid Australia in 2010 when he also trained as a DART. This deployment will be his fifth having previously participated in three separate relief operations in the Philippines and then in Malaysia over New Year this year.
For Peter, this will be his first deployment for us, having only just completed his Stage 1 training as a DART last month. However, he has had a good grounding. The Nepal earthquake struck on the second day of the training programme, which resulted in the training being reconfigured to use this event as the main test case for the rest of the programme. Indeed, the reports the trainees prepared contributed to the preparations we made for this current deployment. Peter will also be contributing his experience in international business and logistics gained through his career working world wide as both a chartered surveyor and an industrial machine/plant valuer.
Dave arrived in Kathmandu yesterday with two Skyhydrants and Peter will be arriving tomorrow. The first tranche of aid equipment is in transit which includes 200 tents and 200 water filters. A further 400 tents are in Australia ready for shipping and a further 220 tents have been earmarked for dispatch towards the end of the month. As in previous deployments, that DARTS will be making an assessment of appropriate requirements upon arrival. Feedback received so far is that there is a need for blankets which can be purchased locally in line with our policy to support the local economy where possible. Similarly, the DART team will also be assessing whether the provision of building materials will be appropriate to support the repair of the ¼ million houses that have been damaged.
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