GA Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts Started Through AERObridge
November 1, 2012 - AERObridge, formerly known as C.A.R.E., (Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies) is heading a limited activation in response to Hurricane Sandy. The NBAA-endorsed organization is coordinating donated aircraft to bring first-response donations to Farmingdale (FRG), New York, where they will be picked up and transported via truck to Staten Island and Lower Manhattan to assist 5,000 children and disadvantaged families.
Specifically sought are aircraft that can immediately fly in food from Elkhart, Indiana; Nashville, Tennessee; and medical and general supplies from Oklahoma City. Pilots with aircraft that can acquire food, water, winter jackets, batteries, and flashlights immediately are also being received at FRG. Contact AERObridge for clearance as it has Prior Permission Required (PPR) approval for humanitarian relief flights.
This effort is a very limited aviation response for a maximum of seven days until mass care donations can be made available. If you can be of assistance either flying donations in or offering donations, contact AERObridge President Marianne Stevenson via e-mail.
EAA Chapter 690 to Host Saturday Recruiting Meeting
Cliff Hale of AERObridge Incident Management Team Georgia will meet with prospective AERObridge members at the EAA Chapter 690 breakfast meeting 10 a.m. this Saturday, November 3, at the Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field (KLZU) in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
"We are recruiting pilots and support personnel to serve in an Incident Management Team that will be based in Georgia," says Hale. In emergencies, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods, AERObridge Incident Management Teams establish Base and Staging facilities in affected disaster areas to request, receive, and coordinate delivery of emergency personnel and supplies.
Those with experience in the National Incident Management System or who would like to train to serve in that capacity are invited to attend and meet Cliff on Saturday. Also contact him via e-mail or call 770-366-7227.