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Author: Kaylyn Beck
Meet Elizabeth and Ventoux. They’re a highly trained canine/handler Urban Search & Rescue team with Virginia Task Force 1. They’ve been working together for nearly six years with an impressive resume of disasters including Hurricane Sandy and the 2015 Nepal earthquake. My colleague and I were lucky enough to hang out with the duo, learning about the spirited 8-year-old Belgian Malinois and his steadfast handler.We met up with Elizabeth and Ventoux at a Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue training site in Virginia. The site boasts a variety of realistic training scenarios...
Posted On: June 27, 2017
Author: Kaylyn Beck
Over the last two years I’ve spent a lot of time looking at weather forecasts (especially during hurricane season) because they’re pretty important to the work I do. Despite this, I had never thought much about the science behind predicting hurricanes or what it means to be a Hurricane Hunter pilot.Then I went to the Hurricane Awareness Tour stop in Washington, D.C., and had the opportunity to tour one of the aircraft that fly directly into storms and meet the brave souls who pilot them. Here’s what I learned, thanks to the expertise of Lt. Col. Drew Clark and Major Devon...
Posted On: June 1, 2017
Author: Kaylyn Beck
2016 was both a challenging and rewarding year for us. We responded to fires, floods, and hurricanes, and practiced responding to a massive (hypothetical) west coast earthquake.Our search and rescue teams accomplished countless rescues where they pulled people and pets to safety while our disaster survivor assistance teams went door-to-door, meeting with people in person and hearing fascinating stories along the way.As the year comes to a close, we wanted share some of our favorite photos that highlight key moments in the lifecycle of a disaster, showcase the strength of survivors, and...
Posted On: December 14, 2016