Robert A. Stuart, Jr. • Rotary International Director 2005-2007 • Disaster Relief & Planning Information

Report on Haiti

January 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing an estimated 316,000, forcing 1.2 million people into tents and causing 400,000 new orphans to be looking for homes. The Caribbean Partnership already had Satellite phones in place and received communication quickly as to what was needed in Haiti. The Bahamas and many countries in the Caribbean immediately started sending plane loads of supplies into the country based on what their needs were on a particular day. About 175 small planes and numerous large planes were sent in over the next few months. There are 19 Rotary Clubs and 350 Rotarians in Haiti who have worked tirelessly ever since the earthquake to help their communities. Dr. Claude Surena was appointed by the Government

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REDI VI Conference

I thought now would be a good time to update you and ask for your assistance. I am confident we have a well rounded program that will educate and urge attendees to action for the upcoming REDI VI Conference. We have an excellent cross section of speakers all aimed at awareness and action. Perhaps the single most important session will be the panel discussion about Rotary’s role in disasters. I personally like the session on Operation Tomodachi during which Commander Kenneth Marshall , USN will tell us how the US military and others responded to the 3-11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan last year. I attended a briefing on this operation last month while in Japan and I found it very engaging and informative. You

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Rotarians and Haiti Earthquake Relief

Rotary relief efforts for Haiti are now in preparation for the next phase which is sustainable restoration projects to enable long-term rehabilitation to begin, schools to reopen, and adequate housing for the future. To date, Rotary has delivered more than 100 plane loads and numerous containers of medical supplies, food, water, toys, clothes, bedding and tents. Many volunteer doctors, surgeons and nurses have also been transported by Rotary. $50,000 in seed has been organized to catch the planting season in Haiti. A freighter with about sixty 20 and 40 foot containers is still being organized to be partially filled (about ten filled in Florida along with a truck, two ambulances, and a bus) and shipped to Nassau, Bahamas where the balance of the containers will

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Haiti Update

Dear Rotarians and friends of Haiti Mini Update February 25 th Just a quick update covering my trip Tuesday to Haiti and the meeting with Rotary International President John Kenny, with the temporary head of the civilian side of the United Nations, and the head of the Red Cross. The trip there and back with Captain Paul Luehrsen in his Mooney aircraft was wonderful. It was just the two of us in a small but comfortable plane and a good time to talk to a very well informed and intelligent person to test our theories of the recovery. (about 8 hours round trip with an additional 5 on the ground), and Thanks Paul. All meetings were very successful and informative and the trip was worth

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Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts Summary 2

District 7020 February 20, 2010 On Saturday February 20, 2010 a delegation of Rotarians (PRID Barry Rassin and PDG Richard McCombe) along with the Haitian Ambassador to The Bahamas Louis Harold Joseph (Honorary Rotarian) and Pilots Paul Pyfrom and Paul Aranha (mentioned because of the many, many relief flights they have volunteered to fly, especially Paul Aranha) flew from Nassau, Bahamas to Port au Prince, Haiti. Our purpose was to visit the epicenter and to meet with the Rotarian Leaders who have continued working tirelessly to bring relief to all they can. We were met at the PAP International Airport by Rotarians from Haiti: PDG Amos Durosier and his wife Arlette, DGN Dr. Guy Theodore, AG Caleb Lucien, AG Dr. Claude Surena, PP George Nicolas,

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Rotarians Focus On Haiti Relief

© Rotary International Rotary clubs and districts worldwide are mobilizing resources to deliver urgently needed relief to the millions affected by Haiti’s devastating earthquake. District 7020, which includes Haiti, has flown in 70 planes filled with more than 60,000 pounds of medical equipment and supplies into the cities of Pignon and Port-de-Paix to bypass logistical problems in the hard-hit capital of Port-au-Prince. The United Nations estimates that more than half of the buildings in the capital have collapsed. About 200,000 people are dead and millions more homeless. “Rotary had an incredible infrastructure established before the quake, which has made our relief efforts very effective,” says Dick McCombe, past district governor and Haiti liaison chair. “We’re flying in supplies through backdoor channels and doing things a

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Tips for Hurricane Victims

Once again the gulf coast states of these United States have fallen victim to another devastating storm. As a South Louisiana coastal resident, this is becoming a much too familiar event and it seems that each passing year, the frequency continues to rise as much as the water rises. Man has yet to invent a bulldozer as powerful as a 15 foot wall of water that measures hundreds of miles in length. Bottom line – man always loses. I have served as the program chair for the two previous Rotary Emergency Disaster Initiative (REDI) and I am on the steering committee for our 3rd annual REDI conference to be held this December in Nassau, Bahamas. PRID Don Mebus and RID Phil Silvers have appointed me

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Gustav and Ike Hurricane Relief

Contributions for Rotary efforts can be channeled into the following: Texas Area Fund Foundation, Inc. for credit to Rotary District 5910 Donor Advised Fund and mailed to PDG A. Hugh Summers, District 5910 Emergency Response Chairman, P O Box 1399, Palestine, TX 75802-1399. Rotary District 6200 Foundation, Inc. for the Hurricane Relief Fund and mailed to PDG Frank Bradshaw, District 6200 Foundation Sub-committee Chair, 1373 South College Road, Lafayette, LA 70503. “District 5890 Charities” fund in care of Jackie Barmore at 4814 Royal Dornich, Pasadena, Texas 77505.

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Iowa Flood Relief

Iowa RI districts 5970 and 6000 established funds to help relief and recovery efforts for thousands of flood victims. Funds have been established to assist Iowa residents who have been battered by this month’s record-setting floods, which have caused billions of dollars in damage and forced the evacuation of nearly 40,000 Iowans from their homes. “The flooding, it’s been devastating,” said Dan Baldwin, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids and president of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. “This has actually gone outside the 500-year flood plain. A hospital 10 blocks from the river had to be evacuated. The entire downtown was underwater, some areas with 9 [to] 10 feet of water right in our central business district. Our community has never faced

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Suffolk Tornados

As you have seen on the News, an area of District 7600, Suffolk, Virginia was hit hard with 7 tornadoes on Monday at about 4:00 pm. 451 homes were damaged of which 145 were destroyed. The District Disaster Response team, led by AG Robert Harper (and Rtn Wendy Hosick) jumped into action and formed its ad hoc committee with members from the local affected Rotary Clubs. After attending the various club meetings and working with the local United Way (a Rotarian), the Salvation Army (several Rotarians) and contacts with the Red Cross (board members) we have determined our needs, as follows: The United way is registering and screening volunteers, on behalf of the city of Suffolk. They have ample and need no more at this

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