New disaster hub set up at Cotswolds Airport in Kemble
VICTIMS of disasters around the world are set to be getting a helping hand from Gloucestershire.
A new operations hub has been opened at the UK aid international disaster response facility at Cotswold Airport, Kemble, which will improve the country’s ability to respond to disasters such as earthquakes and outbreaks of war.
The improved facilities are set to help fulfil the government’s commitment to significantly increase its capability to deliver humanitarian assistance and include supplies of supplies of tents, vehicles, and essential equipment for helping people in disaster zones.
Minister for State and International Development Alan Duncan MP opened the new facility on Monday (October 22) and said Gloucestershire residents can be proud of the role the area plays in helping save lives.
"From the ongoing conflict in Syria, to the recent floods in Pakistan, and the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti, the disaster response facility here in Kemble has helped life-saving UK aid to be delivered rapidly to where it is needed most," he added.
The facility is also used to test cutting-edge technology, including water sanitation gear and other equipment intended to be used in the crucial first 72 hours following a disaster.