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Haiti January 26 Update


The SBDR assessment team and Arkansas medical team have left Haiti. The assessment team spent yesterday in the Dominican Republic and will be in meetings with Fritz Wilson and Mickey tomorrow.

Some recent updates:

  • Until commercial aviation opens up, we won’t be seeing many refugees. It is too complicated to get out.
  • Hopefully, commercial flights will begin this coming weekend. First priority will be given to the Haitian citizens who had existing tickets and were stranded outside of their country.
  • On a conference call on Friday afternoon, FEMA, NVOAD, etc., said that, so far, this has been primarily a military operation with military planes. Close to 9,000 folks have been brought into the US, which is a drop in the bucket of the anticipated number of refugees.
  • FEMA says that unless there are logistics in place on the ground, including definite shelter, food, water, and transportation, do not go to Haiti.
  • The greatest need is monetary donations. In-kind donations are generally not getting into Haiti (with very few exceptions); it may be weeks to months before they can be delivered.

Strategic Response to Haiti

PRAY for divine safety and wisdom for all relief and recovery teams.

Give as God leads to SBCV, SBC, BGR, or other Disaster Relief agencies. You can give online to SBCV Disaster Relief at http://www.sbcv.org/disaster_relief/haiti_2010.htm.

Go. Prepare to respond in the months ahead by staying informed, attending DR training, and beginning to organize mission teams for the three phases below:

Phase I
Immediate Relief Teams

 

  • Significant DR experience
  • Spiritually mature
  • Members’ pastor must provide letter
  • recommending them to go
  • One full day of pre-deployment counseling
  • by chaplaincy team
  • Must be prepared to be fully self-contained—
  • sleep on the ground, carry food and water
  • Deployment duration will be ten days to two weeks
  • Two full days of post-deployment debriefing
  • by chaplaincy team

Phase II
Recovery Teams
Estimated first deployment is 90-120 days out
Spiritual preparation will be necessary
Chaplain, food distribution, medical, communication, and other teams

Recovery Teams

  • Must be DR-trained
  • Spiritually mature
  • One full day of pre-deployment counseling
  • by chaplaincy team
  • Deployment duration ten days to two weeks
  • One full day of post-deployment debriefing
  • by chaplaincy team

Phase III
Long-term Recovery
Estimated deployment is 180 days out
Spiritual preparation will be necessary
Rebuild teams

Rebuild Teams

  • Training to be determined
  • Spiritually mature
  • Pre-deployment briefing by pastor
  • Deployment ten days to two weeks
  • Post-deployment debriefing by
  • chaplaincy team

 

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