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Salvation Army Relief Team to HaitiSalem-News.com
Monetary Donations the Most Critical Need As Supplies and Personnel Are Mobilized.
(SALEM, Ore.) - The Salvation Army is sending more than 44,000 lbs of pre-packaged emergency rations to Haiti and is working with other agencies to identify appropriate transportation for aide. Critical needs include bottled water, medical teams with supplies, and food.
Though there is still overwhelming need in Haiti, Salvation Army relief workers are now able to reach Port-au-Prince without dealing with massive delays or outrageous rerouting as experienced immediately following the earthquake.
That allowed for:
- A 14-person American medical team of 8 doctors and six nurses to arrive in Haiti Sunday and administer care in Port-au-Prince Monday.
- An additional 2 doctors and 5 international emergency management personnel from the U.K. and Canada to arrive in Haiti Monday morning.
- 2 doctors and 1 nurse to visit an unreached orphanage and administer formula and oral electrolytes to infants and young children.
- Nearly 200 people, including 100 orphans, to receive medical aid by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.
- 7,000 people to receive food in less than 2 hours from Salvation Army officers and staff. The provisions are enough to supply 1 individual with 5 days of food.
Also to come:
- A cargo plane with critically needed medical and relief supplies departed for Haiti Monday evening.
- Additional planes are expected to leave today (Tuesday).
- A Salvation Army Haitian Relief Team is bringing a water filtration system that will be able to purify up to 10,000 gallons of water per day.
“We are working with partner organizations to get needed supplies to the people of Haiti,” said Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, who directs the Salvation Army World Services Office. “Given the logistical challenges of getting supplies into that country right now, the best way for the public to help us is through direct donations.”
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