Haiti Relief: Report from USNS Comfort Volunteer

The below was written by American Red Cross volunteer Wilfrid from the Miami Chapter. He’s aboard the USNS Comfort providing assistance to Haiti.

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Was crazy the trip from Miami to Guantanamo, then to airport p-au-p, then helicopter to the Navy ship. Full military operation. I have seen the hard work. So far about 48hrs without sleeping. We’ll talk another day…

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Arrival to Guantanamo 3:35pm

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Ready to fly from Guantanamo to Haiti Airport 2:15am.

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Arrival in airport Haiti; 3:10 AM. Eat and drink then, lay down on the grass until morning. 7:50AM. we felt an aftershock (1sec). A lot of plans and moving…

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Some of the team stayed at Guantanamo the whole night (w/ Dee). Took the helicopter to the USNS comfort by 3:15 pm and arrive at 3:30pm – while the team in Guantanamo went straight to the USNS by 12:00 PM.

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The team is in the dining area with all the other Corps. An immense mass care operation. The ship can provide about 7000 hot meals. We had a meal and went to rest for tomorrow.

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Sleeping area! We all got a chance to shower. Then, Saturday is in. 5:30 AM get ready for breakfast at 6:00 AM. I became a call center with my phone for many of the team. The rush started not too late after our lunch.

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In the meeting after breakfast!

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