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Mutual Aid Disaster Relief for Haiti Team on the Ground in Haiti
20 Jan 2010
Modified: 03:06:18 PM
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief in Haiti Team 1 has landed safely in Haiti and established themselves in the World Harvest compound. Their internet access is intermittent, but the latest available updates can be found at http://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/reports.shtml

They have enough supplies for immediate operations, but will need to restock soon. Please donate at http://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/
Wednesday, January 20, 12:45 PM:
From Chris: "We just looked at an abandoned hospital that we could set up on the way to Leogane. It was hit really hard but we are also heading to Leogane right now for an assessment."

Wednesday, January 20, 11:30 AM:
Chris reports that they were not affected by the aftershock:Chris: "Nah, we are great. We are traveling across to find where our team could be of use. Smells like death and it's really hot. We've been to a few hospitals but we are in the works of setting up a new hospital."

Wednesday, January 20, 7 AM:
Team 1 did not suffer any damage in the aftershock and is actively involved in treating wounded Haitians.
Chris from Team 1 reports: "Yea. We're good. Just got to the city. Ran up on a baby with broken femur."

Tuesday, January 19, 11 PM:
Team 1 is safe and sound, and are now in World Harvest's well established compound in a neighborhood that was not damaged very badly by the earthquake. Our team has running water, electricity, personal beds with clean sheets and pillows, meals, and even a borrowed car! They have spotty internet service which means we will have pictures soon. They are tired. Thomas drove 12 hours and then stayed up all night and day for the flight and busride in Haiti.

Our team has been joined by an ER doctor, two additional WEMTs, a media person, and a local translator. They are already packed with gauze, tape, and sutures to begin scouting Delmas and Carfoure, the
earthquake's epicenter, at 6am tomorrow morning. They have several leads on hospitals and field clinics that need reinforcements. When they identify an area that needs their help, they'll return to the compound and come back with a convoy of supplies.

As of yet, they haven't seen too much: some hurt limbs, broken bones. They haven't treated anyone yet, but tomorrow begin the "real world situations."

RETURN TRIP: Team 1 plans to return February 2nd. They have booked a return flight to Miami and can stay at the compound the entire time, but may move depending on where they end up working.

SECURITY: The compound has security guards, but more importantly, has good relationships with their community. There are no operations at night. The team with leave with sunup at 6am and return at 4pm each day, to be back inside by sundown at 6pm.

COMMUNICATION: The team communicated to the US via satellite phone, txt messages, cell phones, and even a couple of e-mails today. Communication is solid, at least for now, but they are very busy, and worry about being overwhelmed by communications from the States. We'll continue to limit updates to them to 1-2 per day.

Chris ended his reportback by saying, as he looks around, life continues. People are at markets. For those travelers who felt unprepared, there are enough supplies for everybody at the current time and they feel well surrounded. To y'all back home: “You guys are gonna do fine. Rack up money and get supplies for us.”

They feel close as a team and are ready to be there together for two weeks.

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