We are Polaris. We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. We are dedicated to providing emergency medical care and emotional care to survivors of disasters as well as empowering the public with education and training.
We empower the people, train them and turn potential disaster victims into professional disaster rescuers. Our goal is to train thousands of first responders in the most disaster prone countries in the world. We’ve started with Nepal.
Nepal is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. It sits between two massive tectonic plates that collide together to form the Himalayas.
When an earthquake strikes, or flood, or landslide, emergency workers are instantly overwhelmed, and thousands are left helpless. People with serious life-threatening injuries cannot get help and may end up dying as a result. The frail elderly, and the powerless child are especially vulnerable. There are just not enough, Police, Fire, Medical and Military to help everyone.
This was made very clear by the devastating 2015 Earthquake. It is not a question of IF there will be another earthquake but WHEN.
But it does NOT have to be this way!
We CAN do something about it!
People are killed every day by some form of natural disaster or another. Many of these deaths can be prevented if individuals were well-trained and competent with first aid and rescue.
-Dr. Kulla, ER Physican
What is Polaris?
Polaris is a newly formed non-profit. We are a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization.
What does Polaris mean?
Polaris is the North star, it is the light that guides one home and gives one hope and stability in the darkness. It was on this idea of the light of hope in one’s darkest moments that we chose to name his rescue team after Polaris. “Praelucente” is Latin for “guiding light”.
What does Polaris do?
1) Create local rescue teams around the world in disaster prone countries 2) Educate the public on disaster preparedness and first aid
Polaris Mission Statement
We are dedicated to providing emergency medical care and emotional care to survivors of disasters as well as empowering the public with education and training.
"We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Polaris disaster team for working with Morang Scouts, in Biratnagar for conducting flood relief program with medical camp in various flood affected areas of Biratnagar. This program was carried out under the supervision of Mr. Ajeya Adhikari with his volunteering team consisting of trained doctor, nurses and trained volunteers. There is no way to fully express our gratitude for your generosity letting us work with Polaris disaster team. We would be glad to work with Polaris disaster team in further disaster days."
-Nepal Scouts Morant
Whether you believe global warming or governments are causing the rise in severe natural disasters or not, it doesn’t matter, the result is the same: Catastrophic natural disasters are on the rise, and so is public apathy and complacency.
Preparedness is half the battle. If you can be prepared for a disaster it is much less of an emergency. If people are prepared than half of the disaster is already won.
Since Mother Nature is showing no signs of slowing down we all have a choice to make: help ourselves and help others or hide our heads under the sand like the ostrich.
Few places are free of natural disasters. It is everyone’s problem. But it doesn’t have to be a problem. We CAN do something about it.
This is my country. I can’t just hope that someone else is going to take care of it and be there for my family, friends and countrymen. By doing this no disaster can break us.
-Rishi, Polaris Nepal Detachment
ONE: Have everyone on the planet well-trained on first aid. Every, man, woman and child MUST be trained in first aid. It is THE most over-looked educational subject. It is absurd when you consider that somthing as important as saving a life gets so little attention; it is a sobering statement of society’s level of apathy and complacency.
TWO: Have a SURPLUS of rescue teams, trained and on standby in disaster prone countries. There must be tens of thousands more trained to be first responders for when disaster strikes. It is like building a boat and only have life rafts for 10% of the passengers. The ratio of rescue workers to civilians in disaster prone countries is grimly laughable.
This is the mission of POLARIS
And we need YOUR help to pull it off!