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)