Airlift Caribbean (Hurricanes Maria and Irma)
As food and water shortages, lack of medical supplies, and damaged infrastructure plague Caribbean communities hard hit by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, disaster relief charities Airlink, LIFT, Patient Airlift Services (PALS) and Rescue Global are teaming up to deliver large amounts of humanitarian aid to those in need.
The Operation Airlift Caribbean partnership will work with commercial air carriers, general aviation assets and dozens of aid organizations to deliver food, medical supplies, emergency shelter and equipment providing access to clean water, sanitation, electricity and telecommunications. The two-stage “air bridge” will first transport emergency supplies between the US and staging areas in San Juan, PR and St. Kitts. From there, smaller aircraft will carry the supplies to several islands.
More than 100 relief workers and 65,000 pounds of emergency supplies have been moved to Caribbean communities through Airlink. The teams and emergency supplies moved as part of the effort are providing clean water, medicine, shelter, food, communications capabilities and other important assistance to people in need.
E-Newsletter: Caribbean Hurricane Relief Efforts 10/2