Members of ICE-SAR across Iceland were kept busy during and after the storm and snowfall on Friday and Saturday. In East Iceland cars had to be pulled out of snowdrifts, healthcare workers assisted to get to work, food brought to senior citizens and hay to horses.
In Akureyri, North Iceland, the town became impassible due to excessive snowfall and pedestrians had to be assisted and employees of Landsnet, the operator of Iceland’s electricity transmission system, and RARIK, Iceland State Electricity, had to be driven to work to prevent blackouts caused by ice on power lines.
Due to many callouts, volunteers of ICE-SAR haven’t been able to concentrate on selling the Neyðarkallinn keychain. The fundraising initiative was supposed to conclude on Saturday but was extended by one day.
U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Luis E. Arreaga praised ICE-SAR on his blog, posting a picture from when he bought a keychain to support the association’s work.
“Iceland has a unique and highly effective Search and Rescue Team model. It is as grassroots-based as any organization can be. My guess is that 100 percent of the Icelandic population supports the many volunteers from all walks of life who receive rigorous training to become Search and Rescue team members,” Arreaga wrote.
“We have one Search and Rescue worker in our office and are glad to release him any time duty calls,” the Ambassador added, concluding, “May they raise a lot of money as this is a great cause.”