Natural Disaster Support
“Mama, when do you think help will come?”
“Soon, sweetie. Be brave.”
Dark clouds may still rumble in the distance as they recede…
The dust and rubble may have barely settled after the tremors stopped…
The haze of smoke may still hang heavy in the air as the fading embers of a blaze smolder…
But even as survivors begin to emerge from their shelters and take stock of their new situation……a cavalry of volunteers is already on their way with water, food, medicine, supplies, tools – and just as importantly, comfort and hope.
Hours Matter When a Disaster Strikes
Before the water runs out. Before the food runs out. Before disease spreads. Sometimes the need is to bring materials in…sometimes the need is to get refugees out.
Whatever the need may be, our volunteers and aircraft provide an agile response during those first critical hours – even before the ports reopen. Even before the jets can get back on the runways. Even before the trucks can get through.
This aid allows victims to have safe, sanitary & stable shelter until materials and workers for permanent repairs can even arrive.
When victims are stabilized and strengthened, they can in turn be helpful and supportive of their neighbors. It has a powerful ripple effect.
When these ones see real help, they have real hope. Their will to endure and even thrive in the face of adversity is strengthened.
Our experiences in Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Tortola, Turks & Caicos, Abaco, Grand Bahama, the Florida Keys, Florida and Georgia have shown that rapid response saves lives. When compassionate and practical help comes quickly, victims know they’re not alone.
Benefits of Agility
The value of agility in transportation was especially demonstrated in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in 2019. Over a period of four months, hundreds of volunteer workers from every construction trade were shuttled to and among the Bahamian islands on weekly rotations to work on housing stabilization for hundreds of local residents. In addition, several tons of building materials were ferried to the islands by our volunteers and aircraft to keep the construction crews supplied.
The result of this intensive airlift operation was that nearly all of the stabilization work was completed before regular commercial air transportation service to the islands had even been restored. Victims would have had to endure months in unsafe and unhealthy living conditions if the construction volunteers had to wait for regular air service to be re-established before starting.