Water-Gen, an Israeli company specializing in generating water from the air, participated in an emergency drill conducted by the US Army which simulated the collapse of hotels and rescue of victims. The drill stretched for five days and concluded last Thursday. The company’s role in the drill was to assess the benefits of Water-Gen machinery during states of emergency. Presently, one of the main challenges facing rescue forces is ensuring a steady supply of water and protein to disaster sites.
Along with Water-Gen, other Israeli contingents participating in the drill included the IDF’s Home Front Command’s National Search and Rescue Unit and ZAKA International Rescue Unit. On the American side, the drill integrated a particular unit from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA); a local unit from the National Guard; the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force of the US Marine Corps; and delegates from other authorities that facilitate search and rescue missions in the USA.
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In the framework of the drill, which took place in Indianapolis and Chicago, the rescue units practiced drilling and rescuing victims trapped inside a building that had collapsed as a result of a tornado. Medium-sized GEN-350G model water generators were stationed at the scene to supply water to the rescue workers and victims. In addition to these machines, Water-Gen also manufactures larger machines with a capacity of up to 6,000 liters of water per day, enough to supply water to entire cities.
Maxim Pasik, Executive Chairman of Water-Gen, notes that “this experience is invaluable for us from the training with military personnel to the understanding of how all the emergency organizations work together. Water-Gen and ZAKA emergency preparedness training is ever-evolving, and we thank the U.S. military for ensuring we are more prepared to save lives and offer relief efforts if needed.”
The program “is an opportunity for members of the military and local responders to share best practices for critical tactics, techniques, and procedures in response to natural disaster,” according to the Indiana National Guard.
Water-Gen, based in Rishon Le’Zion, Israel, has developed cutting-edge technology that enables the production of water from air (AWG) with extremely high efficiency and low production costs. In the last months, the company signed memorandums of understanding with the municipality of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi and Vikram Solar, an India-based solar energy company, to manufacture their products in their respective countries, both of which suffer from dire water shortages. Water-Gen was recently nominated by Fast Company, a popular business magazine in the United States, as one of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.