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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Response NAMB to State Directors Haiti Update

1. Disaster Relief Assessment Teams

  • A Southern Baptist assessment team is on the ground, and we are having contact with them daily.
  • Travel in PaP is hazardous at best.  Roads and infrastructure are badly damaged.
  • Currently all units must be self-contained (providing own food & water, sleeping in tents).

2. Deployment of Critical-Needs Teams

  • It will take several weeks to get all of them in place.
  • Team members must have first-hand Disaster Relief or trauma center experience.
  • Strong spiritual preparation is necessary.
  • The sights, sounds, and the smell of death are permeating the city.
  • Safety and security of these teams are of major concern.

3. Travel in and around Haiti

  • Heavy Traffic: 200-mile (7 hr) drive from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince is now taking up to 18 hours.
  • The airport still closed to most commercial flights.
  • The airport, ports, and roads are heavily damaged.
  • Vehicular travel is slow and hazardous.

4. Deployment of Long-term Mission Groups

  • Estimated first deployment is 90 - 120 days out.
  • Spiritual preparation will be necessary.
  • Chaplain, food distribution, medical, communication, and other teams
  • Restoration and rebuild teams

Critical Issues and Concerns

  • Second earthquake: 6.1 on the scale hit around 6:00 AM Wednesday, January 20, 2010. The epicenter was 36 miles west-southwest of Port-au-Prince.
  • Safety & security of teams
  • Multiple buildings with thousands of people have not been entered
  • All volunteers must be self-contained (food, water, equipment)
  • Teams must be prepared to sleep outside and/or in tents (no facilities to house mission groups at this time)