At this time we would ask you to please keep the people of Haiti, and those in Florida, in your thoughts and prayers.
Below are three updates that we received from our HAS friends regarding Hurricane Irma. As usual, HAS is always prepared to deal with emergency situations when they arise.
Verena de Matteis
(HAS Board member living in Port-au-Prince)
We were very fortunate that Irma has spared Haiti. In PAP, we had a bit of rain and a bit of wind last night, but nothing out of the ordinary. Had we not been preparing for the worst, and known about Irma, we would have definitely not even known it was close to us based on the weather conditions...We are relieved this morning! The Haitian government declared a state of emergency yesterday, and first thing this morning it was declared that all activities can resume normally.
I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to our friends who live in Florida, and hope that Florida will also be spared. Really hoping for the best and please everyone stay safe.
(Chief Development Officer in the Pittsburgh office)
The latest reports from Deschapelles are of wind and rain, but no significant damage, to date. Luckily, the eye of the storm has veered North.
HAS staff have been organizing to keep essential personnel working while allowing other non-essential staff to have the opportunity to go to their families. We have been keeping our stakeholders/donors apprised via Facebook, and an email will go this evening featuring Dr. Sannon and his commitment to keeping the hospital running 24/7, 365 for all those in need of care.
It’s humbling to be away from Haiti and witness the dedication of my colleagues who are there to tend to patients who come to the hospital during and after the storm.
Regardless of the impact from Irma, I hope our donors and friends are reminded of the daily dedication it takes to keep HAS’s doors open, something even more extraordinary in the light of potential emergencies like Irma.
You too help to keep those doors open 25/7, 365… and we’re grateful.
Irma is approaching, but HAS's doors will stay open.
As the category 5 Hurricane Irma bears down on Haiti and the rest of the Caribbean, HAS's doors will remain open to those in need.
In the words of Medical Director, Dr. Herriot Sannon,
"We have to keep the hospital open so we have made special arrangements, modified the schedules, and called on volunteers to stay and work. We are the main hospital for this area. We may have emergency cesareans, injuries, or children who are sick. We don't know how many will come during and after the storm, but for those who need us... we are here."
HAS is one of the few 24/7 hospitals in Haiti, and our dedicated staff makes sacrifices to ensure that patient care is available 365 days of the year. Hurricane Irma, while potentially devastating, will not shut it down. No emergency has been so great that critical staff have abandoned their posts.
Please stand by Dr. Sannon and his team today.
Your tax-deductible gift will provide life-saving care for someone in need.
We depend on generous donors like you when emergencies like this arise. Thank you for standing with CFHAS!