Sunday, March 20, 2011 – The CMAT Rapid Assessment Team has been working tirelessly since its return from Tokyo a few days ago, and has been monitoring the situation in Japan where a large 9.0 earthquake and tsunami last week devastated coastal cities and infrastructure. We have also been following the ensuing crisis with destroyed power plants, and have been keeping updated through international partners, colleagues, and other governmental sources.
In advance of the deployment of CMAT’s Medical Team, Field Hospital and Water Purification system this Tuesday, an advance team has left Vancouver for Tokyo today. This team, consisting of David Johnson – Team Leader; Wakoko Tokoro, RN, Katya Ponich, Paramedic and Caris Reid, Communications, will make their way to Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures, to liaise with partners already on the ground, as well as prefectural and federal government representatives in the region to establish a final destination for the field hospital.
With guidance from experts at the Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness, and utilizing Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission guidelines, a skilled team of medical professionals, with training in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) events has been reassembled, and has been equipped with the appropriate monitoring and Personal Protective Equipment.
CMAT continues to appeal for donations to help offset the ongoing costs of deployment of the field hospital and medical team. Please donate generously.