FOR URGENT ACTION: International Rescue Group has arranged with Remote Air Medical (https://ramusa.org) for an air drop of supplies to Ile a Vache. Captain Joe Hurston arrived this morning at Port au Prince airport with two Cessna aircraft and is arranging to drop 10 water purifying filters (not desalinators) that can provide enough water for 1,000 people per day each, rated to stop cholera and other contaminants, plus thousands of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat, boil in the bag) that Haitians find palettable, 6 per pack combination rice and beans with nutrients that reverse the effects of malnutrition.
RAM aircraft include Cessna 337 twin official number N19EZ (a strange-looking push-pull plane with propeller at the front and one at the back) and a Cessna 206 4-seater official number N756NG. These aircraft and crew are basing at PAP airport and today are now testing air drops of these packages and reconnaissance with a view to actual drops maybe tomorrow, coordinating with community leaders on the ground. Please advise to me the following contacts to do this coordination with NAME, EMAIL, PHONE NUMBER, ROLE. I will then place them in Direct communication with Captain Hurston of RAM, who has spent years in Haiti and speaks fluent Creole.
So far the suggestion has been to make an air drop at Port Morgan along the beach but please consider the most effective place and advise. I am concerned about mob scenes or package loss.
Does anyone have marine VHF Ch 16 in case cellphone signals do not work during drop operations?
Thank you Remote Air Medical and Captain Hurston and crew, and thank you IRG member Rene Steinhauer for arranging this.