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Helicopter Operations Report
Hurricane Matthew / Response and Recovery
November 7, 2016

On Monday, November 7th, Airlink, All Hands Volunteers, Hope for Haiti and Bell Helicopter delivered
16,821 pounds of food to unserved areas in the southern peninsula of Haiti. The ops team on the ground
has created an efficient delivery system that involves quick refueling of helicopters while they are being
reloaded with boxes of food, and the team is
seeing dramatic results. Through coordinated
operations, the team is delivering an average
of 16,750 lbs of food per day to remote areas.
Michael Brown, Airlink’s Logistics Manager,
joined a flight to deliver boxes of food to a
school in Cammy. There were at least 40
ecstatic people ready to receive help from
Airlink, All Hands Volunteers, Hope for Haiti,
and Bell Helicopter when the team touched
down and began to unload the helicopter. He
remarked, “For me, this was a thrilling
experience to be able to bring relief to people
who have not received any aid to date from
other nonprofits or the UN.” The remote areas create limited access for vehicles, keeping many affected
by Hurricane Matthew from receiving much-needed relief.
After the boxes of food were unloaded, the team got back into the helicopter and surveyed villages on
the tip of the southern peninsula. This was an area that was especially hard hit as evidenced by
widespread devastation. The field operations team continued to see the importance of Airlink’s mission,
as remote areas have received little to no aid since the hurricane hit in early October.
The team then moved on to a delivery of
more food in Lievre. During their time on the
ground, he Bell Helicopter pilots greeted the
people receiving food. In a heartfelt
moment, Will Williamson from Bell spoke to
a little girl who said, “thank you, thank you, I
live, I live, I live.” When Will asked the
interpreter about her story he was told the
girl was an orphan, found after her parents
had perished in the hurricane.
Airlink will continue its relief operation in
Haiti with the assistance of Bell Helicopter
pilots and our many partners on the ground.
Stay tuned as we are updated on Michael’s
travels in Haiti.

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