Volunteers with the 4-State Search and Rescue Team arrive home from Nepal
Upon arriving in Kathmandu, Allen Brown thought of home.
“Driving through town was kind of surreal. We’re from Joplin, of course. Not the typical kind of damage we’re used to seeing. An earthquake is more hit and miss than a tornado can tend to be.”
He says structures were in shambles.
Immediately, he, his wife Alicia, Bryan Patrick, Cathy Scholtz, and their dogs began search and recovery efforts.
“Not that you ever hope that you get to go do something like that, but that’s the reason why we train, is to be able to help in a time of need” said volunteer Bryan Cooper.
The team searched for its first week, then turning its attention to other needs.
“We were going to the remote mountain areas and setting up clinics and treating people and taking care of injuries that happened on the day of the earthquake hadn’t had any medical care provided to them for anywhere from 8 to 12 days,” said Brown.
“There were definitely a lot of food needs, especially to the remote villages up in the mountains,” said Cooper.
“It was a search mission for us to start out but it kind turned into more a mission trip,” said Brown.
Team member Aaron Cooper stayed in the four states and kept in daily contact with everyone. He helped to create a Go Fund Me to ease the burden of unforeseen costs, including meals and excess travel fees.
“I wanted to make sure that they had everything they needed as far as, health-wise, as far as the dogs.”
After two weeks, the team headed home. Brown says it was emotional to leave.
He’s grateful for the warmth of the nepalese people, and the willingness of his team members.
“That have a true passion to do this and to help others, selflessly, and it can be a big sacrifice at time and i couldn’t ask for a better group to support us, at all.
The team was already heading back home when that second earthquake struck. Volunteers say they are indebted to their employers for allowing each of them to take two weeks on such short notice.