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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 12:54 PM
Hi All,

I just got back home after spending a week trying to give assistance to the people of Haiti with a Disaster Response Group that I volunteer with, HEART911.

We sent three seperate teams into Haiti on and found that at this time there is not much that a small group can do for the people who are in need. Anyone who goes in will need their own food, water, shelter and medications for their teams and will need vehicles from outside of Haiti to be mobile. Inside the collapse area is nearly uninhabitable and unfortunately dangerous at night. Most response groups are using the Airport and the US Embassy Compound as safe havens at night and limiting night time movement due to the dangerous conditions. Food and water are available in the main part of the city and to my amazement there are some food stands selling local foods.

The Hiilside Shantys in many areas have collapsed and I'm sure many of the dead are under them and it will be a long time before they can be removed if at all. The dead are being picked up off the street and buried and possibly cremated (not in a respectable way) by the Haitian Government. From what we saw the families of the dead will never be able to identify their relatives burial sites. It will take some time to figure out a way to shelter and feed the people and I really don't know how they will handle the collapsed areas. I did not see ant heavy equipment being used to clear debris and assume that it will have to be shipped in from other countries, as well as qualified people to operate it.

My organization went there as more of a planning mission that an actual Disaster Response and from what we saw and experienced it will be some time before any rebuilding can occur. The demolished areas will have to be cleared before any true building will occur although we did hear a rumour that the debris will be left where it is in the some areas and shantys will be placed over rhem, hopefully that will not occur.

My final thoughts are that in some areas the devastation is not as bad as we had thought and in those areas food and water are available. Shelter will become a problem because people have moved away from the collapse zone and into those areas. The truely devastated areas will be very hard to rebuild without the right equipment and manpower to operate the equipment. I think the best way to start getting things moving in the right direction will be to set up temporary towns, maybe using tents which will have food and water, medical care and have counseling available and start putting the Haitian people into jobs to clear the streets, shantys and other debris and let them start rebuilding their lives.

I'll post some pictures when I can, but my camera was sent home with some medical equipment accidentally before I left and has yet to be delivered yet.

Be safe.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 12:58 PM
Thank you for writing and letting us know what's going on. Please keep us posted and add photos when your camera arrives.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 12:59 PM
Thanks for sharing this first hand account on the situation over there, John (and bless you for your volunteer work here). YOU be safe. I was amazed this morning to see a 15 year old being removed from a collaped structure alive after 15 days of being trapped.

[Edited on 1/28/2010 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 01:16 PM
Glad to hear you're back safe and sound.

I can not imagine what you saw firsthand.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 01:26 PM
Welcome back and thanks for the report Scammer. Thanks for going and helping those poor souls. If you are to be at the Palace 3-19 or 20 (probably 3-18 too, still working on tix for that'n), it would be an honor to buy you a beverage of your choice.
 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 04:22 PM
Excellent report from ground zero.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 04:56 PM
Not completely sure how to post photos so iIm pasting my Flickr link. I'll work on posting them directly.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/47075927@N08/?saved=1

These are showing the hillside areas and other areas around Port Au Prince.

[Edited on 1/28/2010 by NYCScammer]

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 05:21 PM
I think this might work:













If you follow the link to Flickr you can see the photos in a larger aspect.

Hope this works, be safe.

[Edited on 1/28/2010 by NYCScammer]

 

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