Whatever you may think about Mexico, their disaster preparedness teams are some of the best in the world and first to step up to the plate, as out friends at MEXFILES explains:
Ten rescue dog teams, three structural engineering specialists and twenty rescue workers — pulled together from the Jalisco Civil Protection Unit, the Mexico City Fire Department, UNAM, Cruz Roja and CENPRED (the Center for Disaster Preparedness) are on their way to Sendai… one team having left Friday afternoon, the rest to follow on Saturday.
Makes me think of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when Mexico sent troops and mobile kitchens to New Orleans to provide relief to the Katrina victims. The US would not allow their ships to offload nor the convoys to proceed past San Antonio. And to add insult to injury, Bexar County authorities would not allow them to prepare and serve the tons of beef and other staples they had brought with them.
I wonder if Japan will be so welcoming? Somehow, I think not.
Dig they must, as they have since their spontaneous appearance following the 1985 Mexico City quake, and dig they do… anywhere, any time earthquakes, fires, floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions (or even nuclear plant melt-downs) require digging though unstable and dangerous debris — preferably with construction equipment, but with pick and shovel, or by hand if need be.
They are not paid by their government nor their employers for their services. Nor do they charge for them, but these men and women are volunteers — ordinary Mexicans (well, ordinary Mexicans with extraordinary balls), with ordinary jobs, and ordinary family responsibilities and expenses, as well as providing for their own food, lodging and supplies when at a disaster site.
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