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In the German Heidenrod the THW volunteers took over both the catering of the refugees as well as of the volunteers in October.

Refugee aid: More than 13,000 THW volunteers deployed

Refugee aid is a challenging task and one of the largest operations in the history of THW. About 13,200 THW volunteers have been deployed so far to take up the challenge. In October, about 220,000 refugees came to Europe across the Mediterranean. As yet this has been the largest number to be recorded in one month. The volunteers are preparing many refugee shelters for the winter.
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Setting up of beds is only one of the manifold tasks of THW volunteers in refugee assistance.

Refugee aid: Around 11,500 THW volunteers in action so far

Around 11,500 THW volunteers have been providing refugee assistance in more than 300 locations across Germany. They have put in more than 106,000 hours of work, making it one of the largest THW operations in Germany since the organisation was founded. Thanks to its wide array of capabilities, THW can provide diverse support to the requesting authorities – federal states, districts, cities, town councils and aid agencies.
Two THW volunteers survey the scene of the flooding in New Orleans.

10 years ago: THW in New Orleans with 15 large pumps after Katrina

More than 1800 fatalities, hundreds of thousands of refugees and 80 per cent of New Orleans flooded: Hurricane Katrina, which hit the south coast of the USA on 29 August 2005, was one of the worst natural disasters in the country's history. The German government instructed its technical relief agency, the Technisches Hilfswerk (THW), to step in, and ten days later the THW had its first heavy-duty pumps up and running in New Orleans. Six weeks later some 130 THW workers had pumped away five million cubic metres of water – enough to fill 2000 Olympic swimming pools.
THW volunteers supported the refugee assistance in Germany, for example in Regensburg.

THW continues to provide refugee assistance at home

In the last weeks, hundreds of volunteers from THW have repeatedly supported the construction of refugee camps in Germany. In many Federal Länder the capacities for emergency accommodation still have to be expanded at short notice. As part of administrative assistance, the volunteers perform a wide range of tasks.
Besides camp equipment, the relief goods include THW emergency vehicles.

THW is shipping relief goods to West Africa for the fight against Ebola

Today the Federal Agency for Technical Relief is carrying out a relief goods transport to Sierra Leone. Besides THW equipment, goods for the German Red Cross are also transported.
Flagge der Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk

Export hit “honorary office”: THW-training for Tunisian disaster management

“Good and solid training is the basis for competent help in an emergency case. Therefore, we gladly pass on our THW-standards”, said THW’s President, Mr Albrecht Broemme, in Bonn. That was the starting signal for the first of three basic trainings provided in Germany to Tunisian volunteers. The training will start on Sunday in the local section of Sinzig. On behalf of the Foreign Office, THW supports with this training the development of honorary structures in Tunisia.
View of the camp area.

Syria crisis: Camp development making progress

The influx of refugees from Syria to the neighbouring countries does not stop. About 100,000 refugees are living now in the camp of al Za´atari near the Syrian-Jordan border. The team of THW has been continuously working to improve the living conditions of the refugees in the tent town.
Above all, the older parts of the camp were affected by the rain. Therefore, THW’s staff tried their very best to make the camp weather-proof.

Syria crisis: bad weather impairs living conditions

Al Za’atari, Jordan. To some extent, the living conditions of the Syrian refugees in Jordan are dramatic. Heavy rainfall and the onset of winter in the Near East have led to the worsening of the general situation. “We try our very best to make the camp more weather-proof”, says THW’s head of operations in Jordan, Ms Veronika Wolf. Near the Jordan-Syrian border, THW has supported the setting up of a refugee camp, which is meant to give shelter to up to 60,000 people.
Operational staff from different countries exercised how to cooperate during an operation.

International USAR-exercise in France

In Bockange, France, about 300 operational staff from Germany, France and Luxemburg exercised on Thursday how to cooperate during an earthquake operation. The exercise was part of an international USAR (Urban Search and Rescue)-exercise. The large-scale exercise completed a three-day training course for managers. On behalf of Germany, THW-experts from the local sections of Saarbrücken and Heusweiler took part in the exercise.
On 12 January 2010 a serious earthquake devastated the island state of Haiti.

Earthquake in Haiti: Stock taking after twelve months

One year ago today, an earthquake devastated Haiti which caused one of the most serious natural disasters of this century. The earthquake was at the beginning of a year which was marked by several blows of fate affecting the island state in the Caribbean: The earthquake was followed by cyclones, cholera and political unrest. Since then, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) has provided help in Haiti. After the immediate emergency help with water supply, the commitment of THW focused on sustainable relief measures.
“It’s impossible to imagine society without the THW", said Vice-Chancellor Franz Müntefering.

A Bench for the Kindergarten and a Handsaw for the Parliamentarians

“It’s impossible to imagine society without the THW. Its volunteers have a great reputation both abroad, where they act as our humanitarian ambassadors, and at home, where no-one will forget the pictures of the ‘blue angels’ helping to save lives during the catastrophic floods,” said Vice-Chancellor Franz Müntefering at the event “MdBs meet THW – helping together” yesterday in Berlin, which attracted more than 200 Members of the Bundestag, including the Federal Minister for Health, Ulla Schmidt, the President of the Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, the Vice President, Petra Pau, and SPD leader Kurt Beck.
Some 1,000 THW volunteers were deployed in Lübeck.

"Lübeck 2007": 10,000 Tonnes of heavy Oil threatening Bay of Lübeck

A huge oil spill is threatening the seaside idyll of Germany’s Baltic coast. About 10,000 tonnes of heavy oil are drifting relentlessly towards the Bay of Lübeck, posing a particular threat to the area around the mouth of the River Trave. Acting on the instructions of the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, all available THW Technical Units Oil Pollution are being deployed to Lübeck.

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