In April, Airlink nonprofit partner Empact Northwest participated in a multi-agency disaster drill in Western Louisiana — an area frequently impacted by hurricanes, flash flooding and severe storms. In partnership with United Airlines, Airlink donated flights for the organization’s five volunteers participating in the training.
Empact Northwest provides rescue and medical services after disasters to communities around the globe. “We were thrilled to help community organizations become better prepared to help in times of disaster in this vulnerable area of the U.S.,” said Siu-May “Sil” Wong, the organization’s logistics unit coordinator and a participant in the training.
During the weekend-long drill Empact Northwest leaders taught an incident command class and technical rescue techniques to more than 100 community volunteers and local government officials. Specialized drills included water rescues by boat and rooftop extractions.