September 25, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, in the amount of $1,287,608 to continue the development and maintenance of National Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Response System resources for mission response preparedness, as well as to provide qualified personnel in support of Emergency Support Function-9 (ESF-9) activities under the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF).
“Search and Rescue is a vital part of any emergency preparedness program,” said Senator Reid. “These funds will provide resources to local contingents in Clark County to assist in major emergencies. These specific Search and Rescue personnel specialize in locating, extracting, and providing on-site medical stabilization and treatment to victims trapped in collapsed structures. We hope these resources never need to be called into action, but it is important that we remain committed to ensuring our communities are prepared to respond to any type of disaster.”
Urban search-and-rescue (US&R) involves the location, rescue (extrication), and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces. Structural collapse is most often the cause of victims being trapped, but victims may also be trapped in transportation accidents, mines and collapsed trenches.
Urban search-and-rescue is considered a "multi-hazard" discipline, as it may be needed for a variety of emergencies or disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, storms and tornadoes, floods, dam failures, technological accidents, terrorist activities, and hazardous materials releases. The events may be slow in developing, as in the case of hurricanes, or sudden, as in the case of earthquakes.
Specifically, these agreements provide a mechanism for distribution of Cooperative Agreement funding for certain purposes in preparation for US&R disaster response, including response to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD), National Special Security Events (NSSE), or other designated disasters or emergencies. This Cooperative Agreement affords each US&R Task Force the capability to maintain a high standard and condition of operational readiness, including guidance on key areas for Task Force management's specific focus on continued preparedness efforts.
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