The UK’s Rapid Response Facility – Providing Humanitarian Aid in the Wake of a Disaster
In 2012, the British government set up a rapid response network with the mission of delivering life-saving emergency relief to developing countries in the hours following disasters such as earthquakes, floods and famines. The network is made up from a number of organisations that can provide specialist equipment and assistance following a disaster, with the aim of mobilizing aid within 72 hours following a disaster.
LIFESAVER systems is one of the private sector organisations involved in this initiative and provides survival water purification in the form of bottles and jerrycans. The LIFESAVER bottles utilize sophisticated filters that have the ability to sterilize contaminated water and make it safe for drinking and washing.
LIFESAVER jerrycans and LIFESAVER water bottles remove all viruses, bacteria, parasites, cysts, fungi and other microbiological pathogens, making any source of water safe to drink. One of the biggest risks to health in the hours and days following a natural disaster is limited access to potable water, so using emergency water purification systems such as those provided by LIFESAVER, really can save lives.
LIFESAVER survival water purification products were distributed to victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, 2011 Thailand floods, and are part of an initiative in rural Malaysia to bring safe drinking water to villagers.
The members of the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) are ready to take immediate action and deliver aid, equipment and experts to the disaster zones within the crucial time period of 72 hours, in order to save as many lives as possible. The RRF is an initiative of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Cholera and other waterborne diseases are a large risk after a natural disaster but they can be prevented easily with adequate sanitation and access to clean, sterile drinking water. By providing a long-term solution in the form of a water purification system, many lives have been saved already; LIFESAVER continue to provide water filtration systems to those hit by disasters globally, to ensure people can have access to clean, sterile water in an emergency situation.