Polaris
POLARISInternational Disaster Response Team

FAQ

When was Polaris founded?
What does Polaris mean?
What is your Mission Statement?
Are you a religious organization?
Are you a governmental organization?
How do you get your funding?
What do you do with the donations?
Are my donations to your group tax deductible?
Where can I get one of your awesome t-shirts?
How many teams do you have?
How many teams do you plan to make?
How many members do you have?
What are your members’ training qualifications?
What disasters has Polaris responded to?
What can Polaris do at a Disaster?
Do you do Search & Rescue?
Do you have a medical director?

 

 

When was Polaris founded?
The ‘project’ that is Polaris started back in 2012. Polaris did not become an officially recognized legal entity until April 2017.

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 is your Mission Statement?
We exist to provide emergency medical treatment to victims of disasters around the world. When not responding to disasters we educate the public on disaster preparedness and first aid. Helping our fellow man is our passion. We live to serve.

Are you a religious organization?
No, we are secular, but we are all down with G-O-D.

Are you a governmental organization?
No, we are a non-profit.

How do you get your funding?
Crowd funding! We use YouCaring. Check us out:

https://donorbox.org/train-100-first-responders-in-nepal

What do you do with the donations?
Funds donated go towards:
• Training our members
• Medical supplies for patients
• Medical equipment and gear
• Personal protective equipment
• Transportation
• Administration

Are my donations to your group tax deductible?
Yes! We are a nonprofit with IRS 501c3 status. Donations made to us are tax deductible, however please consult with your accountant to determine how much you can deduct with charitable donations from your taxable income

Where can I get one of your awesome t-shirts?
Yes, our shirts certainly awesome. We currently don’t have them available for the public, but if you’d like to let us know that you’re interested, please go to our Facebook page and holla!

How many teams do you have?
We have 3 teams. Two Regional Teams in India and Nepal respectively, and one International Team based in the United States.

Polaris Regional Teams respond to disasters only within their own country, and they do not fly to other parts of the world to respond to disasters in other countries. For our regional teams we choose countries that have the most frequent and most serious natural disasters. By having local teams on the ground we will be able to respond at a moment’s notice, even if some of our members are out of action due to being affected by the disasters.

Polaris International Teams respond to disasters that occur in other countries, flying to all parts of the world. For our international teams we choose countries that are relatively stable and have few catastrophic disasters, thereby leaving our infrastructure intact and our ability to deploy un-affected.

How many teams do you plan to make?
I’m glad you asked!

We intend to make 5 Polaris International Teams:

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. Ireland
  4. South Africa
  5. Australia

And we intend to make 10 Polaris Regional Teams, 5 for the Caribbean and 5 for Asia.

How many members do you have?
We are still growing! Here is our member break-down:
Polaris International: 4
India-1: 1
Nepal-1: 25

What are your members’ training qualifications?
All members are trained at least to the level of Emergency Medical Responder (Certified First Responder) or an equivalent training level.

What disasters has Polaris responded to?
Our Nepal-1 Team responded to one disaster in August 2017, and our US-1 Team (which is still being established and not yet fully operational) did some brief disaster relief for Hurricane Irma and Harvey in 2017,

What can Polaris do at a Disaster?
Polaris focuses on Basic Life Support (BLS) patient care, such as emergencies related to breathing, bleeding and trauma to the body. However, we do have members that are trained higher and can provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) patient care.

Do you do Search & Rescue?
No. We do medical work, however some of our members are also trained in search & rescue.

Do you have a medical director?
Yes! We certainly do. Dr. Okram Kulla, Emergency Physician.