Airlink’s Vital Response to Humanitarian Needs in Türkiye and Syria Post-Earthquakes
Disaster Response. Step One.
Airlink’s first flights for NGO responders were scheduled inside of 12 hours of the disaster happening and the call for international assistance. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, one of the most critical operational objectives is on-the-ground needs assessments. This ensures that the needs of the local populations are identified early and that the right aid can be sourced and delivered. Airlink is convened and engaged with its network of NGO partners to ascertain immediate transport needs. Search and rescue personnel and needs assessment teams were the first batch of responder flights Airlink undertook.
Airlink's Response: Immediate and Long-term
Airlink’s experience of past earthquake responses is that they unfold along a short, medium and long-term time horizon with needs changing at each stage.
Initially, search and rescue, medical support teams, temporary shelter, and food and water security are the most pressing needs. This may also include solar lamps for individuals and families, localized small unit generators, and technical equipment to patch together local infrastructure and allow communications for the better coordination of aid, as well as enabling local people to connect to their family networks – which can help in reducing community recovery times substantially. In the longer term, the focus will shift to debris removal (sometimes called ‘muck and gut’) and rebuilding support for local infrastructure and amenities, such as health system strengthening, rebuilding educational facilities, bringing plant and machinery for the production and delivery of clean drinking water and reliable power back online. Airlink anticipates providing free air transport in the short, medium, and long-term response phases.