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Israeli search and rescue delegation to help Miami Jews respond to Irma

Volunteers with "United Hatzalah", a network of volunteer medics across Israel, which established an east Jerusalem branch of the originally Jewish organisation because security delays were leading to lives being lost
Menahem Kahana (AFP)
The delegation will act primarily as a community resilience team for the locals.

A delegation from Israel consisting of over a dozen search and rescue volunteers from the The Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) of the Israelife Foundation, flew to the US state of Florida on Saturday evening on a mission to provide immediate relief for the local Jewish and Israeli communities from Hurricane Irma.

The delegation, which also consists of volunteers from United Hatzalah, an organization that provides emergency medical response, will act primarily as a community resilience team.

"Our role as volunteers will be to support the community and to handle the situation as best we can in the absence of American officials until their arrival," explained Moti Elmaliach, spokesman for the delegation and United Hatzalah.

"We will make sure to activate groups of residents in tasks that will arise as a result of the strike of Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean."

The Israelife foundation had also helped the local population of Texas deal with the significant impacts of Hurricane Harvey, by dispatching not only emergency personnel but mental health professionals as well.

Israel also provided support by sending several tons of supplies and donations via its embassy in Washington, DC, that was later distributed to victims by the Israeli humanitarian organization, IsraAID.

For its part, the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs sent $1 million in humanitarian aid for Hurricane Harvey victims.

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