Disaster Response and Development

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    USAID Personal Hygiene Kit Items

    Items from personal hygiene kit, c. 2014. A “personal hygiene kit” is a box of basic hygiene supplies, utilized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance to help prevent outbreaks of communicable illness in disaster areas across the globe.

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    Civilian Response Corps "Go Bag"

    The Civilian Response Corps brings together employees of federal agencies, primarily Department of State and USAID, who are trained and equipped to deploy rapidly to provide reconstruction and stabilization assistance to countries in crisis or emerging from conflict. This is an example of a "go bag" provided to those who deploy.

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    Howard County, Maryland Police Patch

    In the first half of 2020, the U.S. Department of State made extraordinary efforts to bring home more than 98,000 American citizens stuck overseas as the COVID-19 pandemic sparked quarantines and canceled flights. This patch was handed to the U.S. Ambassador in Cameroon, Peter Barlerin, by an evacuee of the COVID-19 pandemic…

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    USAID Chlorine Dispenser

    Reliable access to safe water saves lives, improves livelihoods, and makes communities more resilient. This is an example of a chlorine dispenser from a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program called “Dispensers for Safe Water”. The program provides access to safe water to four million people living in rural communities in…

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    USAID Kitchen Set Items

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance distributes basic cooking and serving utensils in disaster areas, as part of efforts to maintain health and cleanliness when disasters strike – helping prevent outbreaks of communicable illness. These items are examples from a kitchen set.

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    USAID Dog Vest

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance partners with internationally-certified urban search and rescue teams – such as the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department – to bring needed K9 units to disaster areas. Vests such as this one are worn by K9 units during search-and-rescue efforts.

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    USAID Field Ops Guide

    U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Field Operations Guide book. This is a guidebook/reference tool developed by USAID for individuals sent to disaster sites as members of a Disaster Response Team.

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    Wuhan Evacuation Team Patch

    As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded in 2020, the State Department was on the frontline of working to bring over 100,000 Americans home as cities and countries across the globe locked down and normal travel options disappeared. This patch was created by one of the evacuation teams out of a shared sense of…

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    LAFD Fire Helmet

    This yellow fire helmet represents an important life-saving partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD). LACoFD’s Urban Search and Rescue Team serves with distinction as one of two departments in the U.S. trained and authorized to deploy with USAID disaster response teams…