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Old 01-23-2010, 16:42   #31
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Ok, here's what my contact just wrote. Any ideas are appreciated!
I'd go to Drager corp and ask if they want some cheap PR for humanitarian work..

They may jump at the chance..


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Customer Service & Support
Dräger Service Call center

We appreciate your business and want to provide outstanding and excellent customer service! For more information, please contact our customer service and support representatives by phone or fax.

To e-mail us please use our contact form:
http://www.draeger.com/US/en_US/comm...ributor.action

Or call:

Draeger Medical Inc.
3135 Quarry Road
Telford, PA 18969
General Operator
Phone: +1 215 721 5400
Fax: +1 215 723-5935
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Phone: 1-800-437-2437 (Hours of Operation: 24x7)
Then I'd try the airlines: AA, Air France, Virgin......
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Old 01-23-2010, 18:15   #32
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Thanks JJ BPK - will give it a shot.
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Old 01-24-2010, 13:23   #33
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For the guys going as 'consultants'

Just got some intel regarding that country. If you are heading over, you probably know more than I do, but if it keeps one guy 'safe', then it's worth it.

Quote from an email I received:

“Please tell your men "experts" are quietly having there people double up on masks, eye protection, GLOVES, and recommending protecting their bodies - such as keeping sleeves rolled down no matter how hot it is - because Haiti is such an AIDS infested environment.

Cuts, bodily fluids, lots of human contact; security guys need to take extra precautions.”

'I personally recommend getting some kind of Kevlar knife resistant type gloves as you may have to clear debris along the way just to do your job or to carve out a place to live…'

Here are a few websites that have equipment checklists… you may want to peruse these lists for some equipment ideas or to develop a tailored personal list.

http://www.1srg.org/Contributed-Mate...ompilation.pdf

http://fourriversk9team.org/Document...0Checklist.pdf

http://www.vdem.state.va.us/programs...ipment.cfm#ftm

http://www.vdem.state.va.us/programs/sar/equipment.cfm

Finally, there is much more out there if you have time to research, this is just a quick search on the topic, but bringing your own set of tools, small cutting supplies (circular saw and or saws all), and thinking through some “what if’s” using some of these guides may go a long way if you have another quake. Know some basic knots (square knot, and bowline are two for sure) Also, be aware of the possibility of large gangs or just simply hordes of people that may want what you have... have a plan for self defense as well as an E&E plan wherever you are living…

Good luck and stay safe. RG.
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Old 01-25-2010, 21:40   #34
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Good idea on the radio.

USB jack to recharge cell phone...I guess I would need some kind of adaptor to connect to my phone. Radio Shack , or similiar , would have these.

Solar chargers seem to have a battery attached and lots of different connectors. Simply charge the battery and plug it into your phone...Should fully re-charge you cell in a short time. Unplug and recharge the battery on the solar charger. Cell phone is detached and ready to go.
None really work as advertised. They are very slow to charge in even bright equatorial sunlight. I have been disappointed with every major model currently for sale.
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Old 01-25-2010, 21:50   #35
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None really work as advertised. They are very slow to charge in even bright equatorial sunlight. I have been disappointed with every major model currently for sale.
I agree.

One the size of a briefcase MIGHT charge a few small batteries.

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Old 01-27-2010, 15:06   #36
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Here's the link to what we're doing.

http://www.fellowshipnashville.org/c...nnounceId=5744
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Old 01-28-2010, 13:31   #37
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two cents

One of my colleges passed on some information from two of his friends who've just returned from Haiti. His words, "Conditions are as barbaric as it gets. There's nothing to work with, no anesthesia, no tools, no hardware, horrid conditions to operate. We're doing amputations with nothing and hoping for the best, it's all you can do."
It sounds like everything from nuts to bolts is needed. Being proficient at regional blocks would be a plus. Being able to give the families wound supplies would be helpful. It's got to be overwhelming trying to put something like this together.
You're getting some great recommendations, things I haven't considered. Thanks for doing this. Good luck.
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Old 02-01-2010, 22:36   #38
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Security

I just read a weapons policy for USG personnel having to get permits approved by the COM, but no one has said anything about civilians. Has anyone heard anything definite on private security bringing weapons into Port au-Prince?

I'm heading down at the end of the month, and I am wondering whether I should just settle with concealing my Kimber TLE/RL II, or if I should risk bringing a 12 gauge or an AR.

Thoughts?
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