The US Agency for International Development said that the funding will go to partners on the ground “to deliver urgently needed aid for millions of people" including through food, shelter and emergency health services. The funding will also support emergency power generators, plus food and drinking water/sanitation systems to prevent the outbreak of disease, says USAID.
“We are proud to join the global efforts to help Turkey just as Turkey has so often contributed its own humanitarian rescue experts to so many other countries in the past"
State Department spokesman Ned Price told the media. Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake there has been severe damage to roads and the local power infrastructure in the region with powerlines down and the grid has been affected by damage to substations, hydropower and solar facilities. Underground high-voltage cable links have also been damaged. Rescue teams and the military have been using portable generator sets to power lights and digging & detection equipment. Equipment and rescue teams have been sent from 17 nations including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands.
Emergency generators are backup power systems designed to provide electricity during power outages, equipment failures, or other emergencies. They are often used in critical facilities such as hospitals, data centers, and military installations, as well as in areas affected by natural disasters or other emergencies.
Emergency generators can be powered by a variety of fuels, including diesel, natural gas, propane, and gasoline. They range in size from portable units that can be easily transported to larger stationary generators that can provide power to an entire building or facility.
When a power outage or emergency occurs, the emergency generator is designed to automatically start and transfer power to the facility's electrical system. This ensures that critical equipment such as life support systems, medical equipment, and computer servers can continue to operate until the primary power source is restored.
To ensure reliable operation during an emergency, it is important to regularly test and maintain emergency generators according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule. This can help identify and address any issues before an emergency occurs, ensuring that the generator will be ready to provide backup power when it is needed.