Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 15:00:59 -0800 (PST)
To: john eberhard
Cc: Frank Devlyn
Subject: Fw: Re: QUAKE IN HAITI
For the last 4hours we have been on conference calls with Network partners who have people on the ground in Haiti feeding them information. Lee Malany is familiar with many of those to whom we are talking, which includes our transitional building partner, Project Hope (medical personnel), Hunger Plus regarding food, and MSNI regarding medical resources, supplies, and equipment.
We need to "hold-the-phone" and make every dollar count. Let's look at the data we are accumulating through more that 20 e-mails per hour from various sources with people on the ground. Identifying the objectives is critical, not just sending a bunch of "stuff" to Haiti. Yes, we are all concerned, but we cannot afford to just waste our efforts and money.
The first thought for all of us should be "save as many lives as possible". The fact is, that nobody will die from exposure in Haiti. Today it is 81 degrees in Port Au Prince! So I believe, as do the people who are feeding us information, the ShelterBox is an un-necessary expenditure of dollars at this time. We do not need to entice Rotarians to spend money to purchase 500 boxes, the cost would be $750,000. In 80 degree weather, that cannot be justified. There are far more important issues to address at this stage.
News bulletin just received from US State Department ...COCOM's (SOUTHCOM-Gen. Doug Frasier) assessment is that there is approximately 72 hours left to save lives by uncovering rumble to find those still alive. We have been invited to a USAID teleconference late this afternoon, for an up-to-the-minute report. This will help us in planning tonight, I am sure.
Critical and most urgent needs are, ACCORDING to sources and State Department:
1. Safe water for rescue workers and citizens
2. Caterpillars, backhoes, lifting equipment to clear rubble
2. Trauma medical capabilities to treat those recovered from the rubble
3. Food for all.
We just received an e-mail from Project Hope International - they will have units in Haiti today, and combined with military medical teams will start the emergency treatment procedures to save lives. We just received a call from Gen Ron Sconyers (Physicians for Peace, another medical ally of the Network). He reports only having plans to send in a single medical team now because they will be in-country a month from now providing amputee procedures and as supportive mopping up operation.
THERE IS NO STANDING HOSPITAL CAPABILITIES, so a lot of lives will be lost due to inadequate medical capabilities... They anticipate there's maybe 100,000-150,000 buried in the debris.Military is considering air evacuation of most critical to Gitmo and Florida or surrounding islands so great is the need. It is estimated there will thousands, maybe tens of thousand to treat once they dig through the ruins.
This Hospital issue can be addressed, as Lee Malany is aware, by quickly erecting transitional buildings (Bruce LeBel-World Shelter). Following our telecons today we will have cost figures hopefully late this afternoon to mount the "HOSPITAL"response. We have several medical supply warehouses with the neccesary equipment and supplies to outfit surgical suites (we will need generators to provide electricity). The Network has arranged for immediate air lift out of Miami to Port Au Prince or Dom Rep, which ever is open for air traffic AND we can provide transportation to Maimi for goods needed using other Network Partners. In most cases transportation will be provided at no charge. Just found out Port Au Price is currently closed to commerical air traffice...we need to check on Dom Rep as alternative.
The next issue is to address emergency safe water. Clean Water International's warehouse in Minnesota has about 100 waterboxes in stock and rapidily building more. We told Clean Water International we will need at least 500 more as a starter. Cleanwater can arrange to send additional purification packages with the shipment but will need 24 hours to assess how many can be shipped and the delivery time for more. This inventory is close by and we can ship it to Haiti in a few hours time, so any thought of transporting Aqua Box or other items from elsewhere in the world doesn't make sense to me. We have several districts standing by and are willing to start the process of waterbox-sponsoring in their districts. Since these districts and the military are already familiar with the product, this makes sense. Cost per day per person is around 15 cents for water.
We have asked CWI to check the availability of portable toilets. Counting the inventory on hand in Canada, they are confident they can have as many as 9000 toilets WITH BIODEGRADEABLE WASTE BAGS ready to go in as little as 24 hours. This will solve a major foreseeable problem with feces-borne illness over the next few months. This should be another high-priority item on the check list.
Hopefully the military engineers will have heavy equipment in Haiti today so we really need to address the hospital trauma situation. MSNI (Tulsa, OK) and PDG Jack Maxwell as well as three other medical warehouse can put the right gear together by tomorrow and we can arrange shipping.... so this is also an urgent funding requirement.
Food suppliers have inventory but again funding in required. We spoke with JB Roberts and he has enough for 2 container shipments. All thats need is a little funding and we can ship most of it by air for free; Or we back haul to Florida and have inventory in Haiti by tomorrow or the next day, or air freight straight from the warehouse straight to Haiti, but the warehouse needs to cover their costs. With everyone's OK I will pin down prices and quantities and get shipping/delivery details.
We just spoke to Dennis Chong and I relayed the info from Gen, Sconyers regarding the need for a TRAUMA CENTER. He concurs, but right now until they dig through and clear the debris, we don't know all that will be needed. We might need the capacity to treat 10, 20, or 30,000 people and some will have major surgical requirements. I'm sure by this evening we will hear back from Project Hope.
Question for all...Will we need Certified Letter of Acceptance through the Embassy. this added paperwor will delay things. Maybe Lee malany can clarify for us before we waste time figuring out how to comply with protocols.
Tonight we will teleconference Network participants and members and come up with a total program with estimated cost firgures, but right now we need to move in the right direction. By tomorrow we will send everyone in our group an assessment and look to all of you for input.
RTN. Ed Mattson PHF (Cell: 630.440.7912)
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