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Friday, January 15, 2010

Quick Down and Dirty

I wish I had the time to explain the details of how this plan came together, or how everyone on our team is connected. Unfortunately, however, time is at a high premium at the moment and crossing the t's and dotting the i's of our packing list, link up procedures and strategy must take priority.

But, communicating that we have a solid plan in place, and that our team consists of highly trained and motivated professionals, is essential to convincing you that our cause is worth following, funding and rooting for.

Our advance team, consisting of two Marines and two firefighters, and being led by two individuals local to the area, is flying to the Dominican Republic this Saturday. Once there, we are being housed for the night by a friend of our local guide. On Sunday we have reserved tickets on a bus heading all the way to Port au Prince. We have obtained personally signed paperwork from both the Dominican Republic and Haitian embassies in Washington, DC, guaranteeing our safe and unchallenged crossing at the border checkpoint near Jimani.

Once inside Haiti, our guides will lead us to Port au Prince. Our first priority is to escort Corinne, one of our guides, to her family home, which she has learned is destroyed. After assessing the medical and supply situation, the team will continue under the direction of Brother Boynton to a Jesuit Refugee Service Mission, which has collapsed. This Jesuit Refugee Service has volunteered what is left of their building (essentially a courtyard) as a staging area for our operations.

Once in place at the missionary, we will begin constructing a triage center with supplies we will be carrying in. This triage center will be utilized by the Medical Team upon arrival. Once established, the team will assess the security and safety of the immediate area, reporting situations to the Medical Team (based in Chicago) and a liaison for KABC 7 (out of Los Angeles). Once the situation is deemed secure, the EMTs will begin providing primary care to Haitians local to the area, utilizing supplies carried in.

On Tuesday, the Medical Team should arrive either directly in Port au Prince, or via the land route through the DR. The medical team will be transporting large quantities of medicine (Cipro, liquid morphine, penicillin, burn gels). Upon arriving, medical tasks will be transferred, and the advance team will enhance security, begin teaching locals water filtration techniques, and aid in the disposal of corpses.

We have an ambitious plan, but we are trained for exactly this situation. Every days delay compounds the problem. Larger organizations are not nimble enough to react quickly, their supplies are sitting idle, their doctors are sitting on their own hands. We have the ability to inject large amounts of medical supplies and expertise into a neighborhood that isn't the "Hotel Montana"; to the average Haitian. Please donate and help us give them a chance.

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