Thousands of volunteers on call 24/7
To respond to any terror attack, accident or disaster.
Who Are WE
ZAKA Search and Rescue
We are ready for whatever tomorrow brings.
Rapid rescue response to mass casualty incidents
Crisis training for local volunteers
International Recognition and Operations
ZAKA has earned the support and recognition of the United Nations.
The UN recognizes ZAKA as an international volunteer humantirian organazation
ZAKA achieves advisory status as an official body at the UN
ZAKA training course recognized by INSARAG, the gold-standard world network of disaster-responding organazations
Annual Volunteer Hours
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 Around the World
Haiti Earthquake 2010
“The stench of thousands of bodies is everywhere”
ZAKA’s delegation was one the first search and rescue team to arrive in Haiti: they disembarked just 24 hours after the earthquake. After assessing the situation with the local emergency forces, the team immediately set to work…
Nepal Earthquake 2015
ZAKA volunteers responded to the Nepal earthquake and brought specialized knowledge and expertise to the remote areas. ZAKA set up some of the first mobile emergency medical clinics in remote, difficult-to-reach locations…
Guatemala Volcano Eruption 2018
“A shimmer of hope”
The ZAKA Guatemala unit was established in February 2018, when 45 volunteers from the local Jewish community and representatives from the local emergency services underwent intensive ZAKA search and rescue training. It was just four months later that they put that training to the test, when the Fuego volcano devastated the area…
Pittsburgh, October 2018
“An act of pure evil”
ZAKA Search and Rescue Commander in Pittsburgh Rabbi Elisar Admon remained at the scene of America’s deadliest anti-Semitic attack throughout the night. With patience and sensitivity, he briefed the FBI and emergency forces on Jewish burial laws, explaining the many issues that relate to honoring the dead despite the confines of an FBI crime scene…
ZAKA Light Search and Rescue
The training, which was recognized in 2016 by INSARAG, includes:
Certification as emergency medical first responders
Security preparedness and response
Dealing with mass casualty incidents
Honoring the dead
Working with forensics
Simulation emergency drills
This was the lesson learned from the Haiti 2010 earthquake, when it became clear that it was the locals who’d succeeded in saving the most lives in those critical first days.
And this is why ZAKA developed its 5-day Light Search and Rescue training course.
In today’s world, where massive disasters—natural and manmade—often overwhelm local emergency forces, communities deserve to be empowered. They deserve to get the training and tools they need to rescue survivors until emergency forces arrive. This is why ZAKA offers a 5-day Light Search and Rescue Training to communities across the globe.
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