Allied Universal Certified Earthquake Searchers Part of Rescue Efforts in Turkey

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Allied Universal®, through its international business G4S, has dispatched five “certified earthquake searchers” to help with rescue efforts following catastrophic earthquakes in Turkey and Syria that have killed more than 35,000.

Employees of G4S, the “certified earthquake searchers” have been given special leave from their normal security roles to help with the painstaking search through rubble to locate and rescue survivors. 

With freezing temperatures and no access to water or heating, it is feared that the death toll could climb.  

The magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes hit on Feb. 6 in the border region between Turkey and Syria. The area is home to more than 13.5 million people. All 3,749 G4S employees in the region are accounted for and safe, however many have lost family members in the quake.  

More than 300 employees are based in Southern Turkey, one of the most impacted areas. The company’s Employee Trust Fund – a charitable trust fund for employees experiencing financial hardship – is being offered to those employees. 

Donations have also been made to two local organizations directly helping with the aid effort and fundraising activities are underway to support approved charities.  

If you would like to make a donation to help support the people affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, international organizations such as the United Nations, Red Cross and Action Aid are helping people on the ground.