ZAKA's mission is to rescue and recover victims following terror attacks, bombings, natural disasters, missing persons missions, and general disaster relief.
ZAKA, founded in
1989, and incorporated in 1995, is a United Nations recognized
humanitarian organization that can deploy anywhere on the globe within
hours. With over 2,800 volunteers stationed around the world ZAKA's
mission is to rescue and recover victims following terror attacks,
bombings, natural disasters, missing persons missions, and general
disaster relief. The faithful volunteers of ZAKA are on call 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year.
ZAKA, which is
perhaps best known for its sacred, yet grisly work in collecting human
remains to ensure a proper Jewish burial, is equally active in the
fields of emergency response (using motorcycles equipped with first aid
and fire-fighting equipment), search and rescue (including specialist
canine, divers and rappelling units) and accident prevention. In Israel
alone ZAKA has 34 ambulances, 162 motorcycles, 54 All-Terrain
Vehicles, 51 specially trained dogs to detect both people and bodies,
and 36 water crafts in its inventory.
in 2005 by the United Nations as an international humanitarian
organization, sends highly trained volunteers to assist in
international disasters, working in conjunction with other emergency
personnel. ZAKA volunteers have been seen among the first responders at
the Tsunami in Indonesia, the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor failure in
Japan, the plane crash in Phuket, Hurricane Katrina, the Columbia space
shuttle disaster, the earthquake in Haiti, and terror attacks in
Turkey, Mombasa and Taba, among others.
ZAKA is the
Hebrew acronym for Disaster Victim Identification. Although victim
identification is their namesake, it is only one of the many services
that ZAKA volunteers undertake following an incident.
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