Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Kumamoto Earthquake

On April 14, 2016 an earthquake, measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale, struck the Kumamoto region of Kyushu, the southeastern most island of Japan. The earthquake caused nine deaths and over seven hundred injuries, but little did the residents know that this was only a foreshock to a more powerful earthquake. Only two days later a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck, followed by a series of smaller earthquakes. Between the two earthquakes, forty-nine people were killed and over a thousand were injured. Thousands more were evacuated to shelters after their homes had been completely destroyed.

According to the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT), maintained by The International Disaster Database, natural disasters have been on the rise since its first data record in 1900. This means that disasters, like the one in Kumamoto, are likely to happen again anywhere in the world. Countries have done much to prepare for these disasters; however, in almost every case, leaders struggle to deploy effective portable or semi-permanent shelters to those that have lost their homes. Leaders also struggle to deploy medical facilities/care to meet the needs of victims. Aleph Group, Inc. (AGI) specializes in building the very tools needed to meet these disasters.

AGI manufactures specialty vehicles and portable solutions that can be customized to fit virtually any specification. Mobile clinics can used to treat victims where hospital infrastructures may have been damaged or destroyed. Semi-permanent solutions can be deployed to provide temporary shelters. Solutions are fully insulated, heated and/or air conditioned, as well as pre-wired and plumbed with hot and cold running water. This means that solutions can be used immediately or within an hour upon arrival. Imagine the difference it would have made if these solutions were made available to the people of Kumamoto. Though we cannot stop the next Kumamoto earthquake, we can provide the tools to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of victims in the wake of a crisis.

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