UPDATE: Donations can be made for Todd's organization's work in Haiti here.
3QD friend Todd Shea arrived in Haiti from Pakistan a couple of days ago to assist in managing the relief effort. Today he has filed this report via Facebook:
Everyone needs to accelerate and better coordinate relief efforts to avoid conflict and a potentially dangerous escaltion of tensions being felt by Hatians throughout the country, some of whom I found waiting and suffering without any outside help whatsoever so far.
The medical teams of our multi-organization joint mission's Medical teams have begun to arrive in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The first team (four doctors from IMANA and a nurse from Destiny World Outreach) is here. I came back from Haiti to pick them up and will deploy them and more medicines/supplies at 9 am Sunday, after picking up one more doctor. At least 5 more teams are planning to arrive in the next 7 days.
The border is OPEN for our mission. Some rumors have led people to believe that the border is closed. The gate in shut and locked it at night, I have been coming and going at all times, including 2 am last night/morning. The road is in great condition all the way from Santo Domingo to the eastern side of Port Au Prince. Commander Santana of the Dominican Repulic Army Border Station has become a friend and has assured me that teams I am deploying will not have a problem getting in and out.
Some ground rules for volunteers: Only call me if it's important (I should have a working number in Haiti in less than 24 hours), Any teams or individuals need to provide me with Name, DOB, Passport Number, Occupation/Specialty/Skill
s, flight numbers (with dates and times), I need to be given the date that you plan to fly back (or make me aware if you are deploying indefinitely). In the interest of proper communication and coordination, give me as much notice of ALL flight info as soon as possible. Rember that deployment strategies and ground realities from day to day and often several times a day, and know that you are entering one of the most tragic, toxic, difficult and challenging environments (in every way you can imagine) that you will ever encounter. Medical Teams shoud deploy out of Santo Domingo and not Santiago. Santiago is closer to the border. And a request to the U.S. Government: please set a up a large helicopter supply and medivc operation out of the Barahona airport, in the Dominican Republic, only about an hour or so from the Hatian border by road. It's a beautiful but horribly under-utilized in this disaster response. It has decent airfield capabilities and has a 3,000 meter runway.
Photos of our mission will be provided when I come back to Santo Domingo to deploy more volunteers (Tuesday)
VERY IMPORTANT —