Teams from Israel have arrived in Northern California's Butte County, scene of one of the most ferocious fires in modern memory.
After a request from local communities, IsraAID will work with local partners to conduct a needs assessment of the population in affected areas, promote community resilience and recovery, and distribute relief items to families after the Camp Fire ravaged their community.
From Israel 21C:
Yotam Polizer, the co-CEO of IsraAID, told ISRAEL21c that a team of four Israelis have already flown out to California, and plan to set up operations in Chico, where many evacuees are now living in tent cities, shelters and even sleeping in their cars.
“We’ve seen a lot of disaster zones over the years, but this is a whole different level of devastation. Everything has been burned to the ground, and there are so many people still missing,” said Polizer, who has just returned from California.
“The search and rescue teams aren’t looking for survivors, they are looking for remains. From a psychological perspective it’s on a whole different scale.
“When we talk to local people we see they are getting support, but there’s very little psycho-social support there. That’s where we are planning to focus our efforts.”
IsraAID’s team will include Israeli and US-based mental health specialists, who will work with partner organizations on-the-ground to support affected communities as they recover and promote community resilience.
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As of 2018, IsraAID has responded to humanitarian crises and natural disasters in 47 countries