WHO WE ARE
ZAKA Search and Rescue is a UN-recognized humanitarian volunteer organization that provides a rapid response to mass casualty disasters across the world. To date, ZAKA has saved thousands of lives—and honored those who couldn’t be saved with dignity in death.
We are ready for whatever tomorrow brings.
Annual Volunteer Hours
ZAKA Helps in Two Ways:
1. Rapid rescue response to mass casualty incidents—to save men, women, and children from the brink of death.
2. Crisis training for local volunteers—to empower every community to mobilize their own resources—and save lives—in the first critical few days until international emergency forces arrive.
International Recognition and Operations
ZAKA has earned the support and recognition of the United Nations.
Founded in 1995 by Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, ZAKA is a dominant non-governmental rescue and recovery organization, with over 3,000 volunteers deployed around the country, on call 24/7 to respond to any terror attack, disaster or accident immediately, professionally and with the necessary equipment.
ZAKA Regularly Collaborates with International Emergency Forces:
- Best practice sharing
- Joint training exercises
- Participation in annual NATO drills
- Participation in annual multinational drill with the US National Guard
- Participation in annual seminar of Inter-American Defense College, Washington DC
- Regular hosting of international delegations who visit ZAKA to learn new techniques
ZAKA Jeep Unit with specially-equipped ATVs offering access and speed in difficult terrain for search and rescue missions, including a Firefighting ATV unit.
ZAKA Rapid Rescue Motorcycle Unit with tens of motorcycles equipped with life-saving medical supplies, ridden by paramedic volunteers. Many lives are saved thanks to their swift
ZAKA Divers Unit and ZAKA Sapir Jet Ski Unit dealing with hundreds of search and rescue incidents a year at sea, in rivers and lakes, manned by specially-trained divers, many ex-Navy.
ZAKA Canine Search and Rescue Unit with specially-trained dogs and handlers used in missing person searches. Able to locate missing persons and bodies by smell.
ZAKA Emergency Unit, with thousands of volunteers from the general public who can be called upon during an emergency such as war or earthquake to offer assistance to the civilian population, especially in the first few days.
ZAKA Climbing and Rappelling Unit with specially-trained search and rescue volunteers able
to reach areas that are not readily accessible.
ZAKA AROUND THE WORLD
Help ZAKA Save More Lives –
and Create a Better Safer World
Multiple Casualty Incident KIT
Electro Hydraulic Power Unit
Setting up a team 30 volunteers
Emergency Response Activation Fund
What World Leaders Are Saying About ZAKA
ZAKA’s commitment to treating all the victims, regardless of religion, race or ethnicity, sends a powerful message. The United Nations is pleased to have ZAKA as a partner in our humanitarian operations and in our wider efforts to reduce disaster risk and improve disaster preparedness.Ban Ki-Moon
ZAKA Chairman Meshi-Zahav told me that ‘We save anyone who needs to be saved, and honor all people equally’. I can think of few more profound ways to define the mission not only of humanitarians, but of anyone who believes in the principles of equality, human rights, and dignity, that the UN was created to uphold.Samantha Power
We thank ZAKA for their unique and swift assistance to our civilians who were injured in the
typhoon disaster. Without a doubt, your activity saved many lives.
I congratulate the ZAKA delegation members on their work after the volcano eruption.
Guatemala greatly appreciates this blessed initiative.
The Government of Nepal is grateful to your team for traveling to Nepal and your efforts to help us in our time of need.Government of Nepal
Your work in the devastated areas after the tsunami and earthquake and your specialist knowledge and assistance was much appreciated by the emergency services with whom you worked in the field. We in the Japanese Embassy have great esteem for the humanitarian endeavors of the ZAKA organization.Haruhisa Takeuchi
I would like to thank you all for the important work that you are doing and to encourage you to continue. You work to rescue people buried in the ruins, people who needed an outstretched arm, and that hand was yours.“Benjamin Netanyahu