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Nepal seeks 129 RQW advice for natural disaster preparedness

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- The 129th Rescue Wing hosted a Nepal-based media team, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., May 6, to film footage for a disaster response documentary.

Nepal and the United States share common concerns regarding natural disasters like earthquakes and floods. The film will use interviews from Airmen to showcase how the 129th and the National Guard respond to natural disasters.

The documentary production team, from the Nepal embassy in Kathmandu, made multiple stops around the country during their whirlwind two-week trip in the U.S. visiting both military and civilian emergency response organizations. Before stopping by the 129th they spent some time with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.

The 129th discussed its coordination between fellow National Guard states, local and federal emergency responders, coordination with its active duty and military reserve counterparts during past natural disasters and its continued training and preparation for future disasters.

By visiting various locations in the U.S., the team got the opportunity to research and showcase how the United States have faced natural disaster emergencies, challenges faced and lessons learned. The Department of Emergency Management in San Francisco scheduled an interview with their deputy director to further discuss disaster risk reduction plans and personal emergency kits for communities, homes and schools.

The Central Intelligence Agency reports that Nepal commonly suffers from severe thunderstorms, monsoons, flooding, and landslides. The small country, sitting at the edge of the Himalayan mountain range between China and India, is also at risk for major earthquakes.

The production is aimed to inform the more than 29 million citizens of Nepal of the reality of a natural disaster and educate them about the importance of knowledge and preparedness should a major catastrophe strike the country, said Joan Storck, foreign broadcast producer for the U.S. Department of State's office of broadcast services.