Haiti Mission Day 4 | August 19, 2021

haiti sitrep Aug 20, 2021

AERIAL RECOVERY GROUP 

HAITI- DAILY SITREP 08/19/2021

CURRENT SITUATION & SUMMARY 

19 August 2021 LAST 24 

BLUF 

The Aerial Recovery Group Team (Team Aerial) continues to serve the people of Haiti through casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), resupply, Search and Rescue (SAR) and emergency field medicine operations. The team led Jeremy Locke (Chief of Operations) expanded it’s area of operations east from Les Cayes to Saint-Louis-du-Sud and some of the more rural agricultural villages in that surrounding area. Aerial concurrently provided distribution assistance and security for Global Empowerment Mission as their team arrived during this reporting period. 

07:00 EDT: Team Aerial Departed with vehicles, drivers and a doctor provided by Mission of Hope and Jack Brewer from the Jack Brewer Foundation to the Mission of Hope warehouse and then to the Les Cayes City Center to pick up supplies for the day’s operations. The teams secured dry rations, three generators and medical supplies to bring to Saint-Louis-de-SuD. 

     

Supplies being purchased and transported to Saint-Louis-de-Sud 

Jeremy’s comments: “While myself and the team are always ready to conduct search and rescue operations, the greatest need at this juncture appears to be search and evacuation operations. The sick and injured in the aftermath of the earthquake number in the thousands and they are located in the cities, but also in very rural and difficult areas to reach. There simply aren’t enough resources to not only go find these victims, but to both quickly and safely get them to the hospitals that are functional enough to treat them. As soon as we pull into a new area we are at capacity in our vehicles with critically injured patients.” 

13:00 EDT: Team Aerial arrived at Saint-Louis-de-SuD and conducted a linkup with the Mayor and doctors on the ground. The mayor stated that the structures in his city, primarily the residential homes, are about 90% destroyed. The team offloaded equipment and food for relief and distribution and moved with the mayor to conduct on site damage assessments. Team Aerial Medical personnel treated injured children on the ground.

       

Aerial assisting injured children in local villages 

Jeremy’s Comments: “I was initially skeptical about the level of destruction the Mayor told me, but after going and seeing it with my own eyes it was heartbreaking. When you drive by these locations in your vehicle and don’t take the time to get out and walk back into the areas of where these homes are, you do not get the whole picture. It looks like a bomb has gone off. The injured are just laying there, hopeless and helpless and in my estimation just waiting to die. We came across an 87 year old woman laying next to the street with a broken pelvis. A naked toddler face down on what was left of the family home with multiple broken bones and a fractured hip. A two month old with a broken arm. The list of the injured and the injuries goes on and on.” These people are in desperate need of help and many more are going to succumb to their injuries if not given proper medical treatment.” 

1600 EDT: Team Aerial initiated CASEVAC operations of the injured from Saint-Louis-de-SuD to Ofatma Hospital in Les Cayes. The team successfully stabilized 9 critical patients, 3 infants and 6 adults with injuries including head trauma, broken bones and 2 cases of internal bleeding.

1900 EDT: The team arrived at Ofatma Hospital. The 9 patients were moved inside for triage and 5 were taken via Air MEDEVAC within 30 minutes of arrival. 

Aerial and it’s partners Mission of Hope and Jack Brewer pose with Haitian Doctors

Jeremy’s Comments: “Resourcefulness was the word of the day. We had to use doors to transport those with pelvis/hip injuries in the back of pickup trucks. We were fully loaded with the injured and many more needed to be taken to the hospital as well. I’m proud of my team and Jack Brewer for their heart and tireless efforts to save these people’s lives. 5 of the 9 patients that we transported were airlifted to Port-au-Prince within 30 mins of us arriving with them. If we did not show up to serve, I wholeheartedly believe that many of those we evacuated today would not have survived the next 24-48 hours.” 

NEXT 24 

Team Aerial will push back into the Saint-Louis-de-Sud area to evacuate the wounded. A small 2 person recon team may be needed to hike into the mountains (not accessible by vehicle) to find HLZs to air medevac those who can’t make it to the cities for transport. 

Next Steps/Action Items 

  • Coordinate with Aerial Volunteers for follow on mission 
  • Assist with Medical evacuations and supply requests 
  • Provide answers to any Information requests from partner organizations Current Needs 
  • Medical doctors and trauma nurses 
  • Medicine, especially narcotics such as Ketamine for patient care ‚óŹ Clean water, tarps, and dry food 

GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT MISSION 

Update 

08:00 EDT: Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) landed in Les Cayes and immediately began distribution and logistical coordinations for follow on relief supplies. 

Next Steps/Action Items

  • Ensure aid is distributed effectively and the correct mechanisms are in place for the flow of additional GEM aid coming in. Another two truck loads of food are expected to be purchased in the next 4 days. 

JACK BREWER FOUNDATION 

Update 

Jack Brewer Field Report Haiti_8-19-2021

ADJACENT COORDINATIONS 

Update 

Throughout the reporting period, ARG has coordinated with partner organizations to prepare for next steps in the Haiti response. 

  • ARG provided air travel coordinations to follow on personnel. For further inquiries, please contact Seth Griffith, ARG Director of Disaster Response (contact info in email body). 
  • Jack Brewer Foundation has been coordinating helicopter medical supply drops into affected areas; A severe medical supply issue has been identified in Les Cayes. 
  • Global Empowerment Mission. ARG is working with GEM to ensure swift, safe and smooth delivery of GEM AID. 

https://www.globalempowermentmission.org/mission/haiti-earthquake-2021/ 

  • Mission of Hope has been coordinating medical transport and assessments since the earthquake. Austin Holmes in on the ground conducting coordinations and provide support and key information to organizations as they land in Les Cayes. 

POINTS OF CONTACT 

Seth Griffith 

Director of Disaster Response 

Aerial Recovery Group 

Email: [email protected] 

Jeremy Locke (In Haiti) 

Chief Operating Officer 

Aerial Recovery Group 

Mobile/Whatsapp: +1 (615) 638-6823

Email: [email protected] 

Britnie Turner 

Chief Executive Officer 

Aerial Recovery Group 

Email: [email protected] 

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