Saturday, June 12, 2010

January 18, 2010 - Haiti Action Summary

Haiti Update January 18, 2010
...written and distributed by PDG Dick McCombe

Another brief update.

We got 7 flights off the ground and in the air for Haiti today. Of those flights, 6 will go into Haiti directly. The 7th, the Caravan, will do a second run from Inagua.

We dropped in Cap Haitien, Les Cayes and Jeremie. The Methodist group were able to get 20 plus of their missionaries out on these flights.

One flight from the BVI arrived Cap Haitien around noon full of Medical supplies. They return tomorrow with one Orthopaedic Surgeon and his tools and medical supplies and one EMT. The will be clearing, and going through to Port de Paix. Our Immediate Past Assistant Governor Eves Martial will be receiving him.

Tomorrow we are looking at 3 flights into Cap Haitien. We are going to do a trial run into Pignon tomorrow to see how it works. It is closer to Port au Prince and will eliminate the ground transportation cost for that distance south. The supplies will be sent on to Claude in PaP.

We have 2 very specific Medical supply lists that we are filling now for Port au Prince and Les Cayes and will have them ready to fly Wednesday morning. The balance of our donated medical supplies will be gone, and we will begin to send the blankets and food as the main items.

We do send in water, but at $0.50 a lb it follows Meds and food on the priority chain.

We have spoken to our Rotarians in Jamaica, and we are making preparations to ship the big and heavy stuff from the US through Jamaica via Air Jamaica and onto PaP. PRID Barry is working the details out on this with Dennis Chong.

Nathan is trying to get the Southern Command to agree to use some of their big helicopters to do a few lifts out of PaP and drop in sites designated and distributed by Rotarians. Details to follow.

Our Team is doing well in Haiti, given the situation. Pray for them as they work almost around the clock. Special blessing to PAG Caleb Lucien for his extraordinary efforts as the point person in Haiti for all these supplies.

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