Airlink Launches Relief Flight to Aid Hurricane Survivors in Puerto Rico, Other Island Communities
Flight with 31 tons of emergency supplies leaves Miami today for San Juan
As Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands continue their recovery from the devastating impacts of hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria, international relief charity Airlink is launching a flight carrying 31 tons of relief supplies. The flight transporting emergency cargo for five charity aid organizations will leave Miami for San Juan this evening.
Medicines, generators, water filters, solar chargers and shelter and school repair materials are among the supplies being transported. While the bulk of the cargo will be used to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico, approximately eight tons will continue from San Juan by boat to St. Thomas and Beef Island/Tortola.
“Overwhelming need and damaged infrastructure have challenged our relief partners serving hurricane survivors throughout the Caribbean,” said Steven J. Smith, executive director of Airlink. “We are pleased to assist them in transporting supplies that will relieve human suffering and aid the community recovery process.”
Focused on mobilizing the aviation industry in times of disaster, Airlink previously arranged free transportation for 15 organizations sending more than 100 relief workers and 32 tons of emergency cargo distributed throughout the Caribbean since Hurricane Irma made landfall.
Today’s charter flight partially funded by Airlink is allowing aid organizations to redirect the transportation savings toward providing more aid. Participating organizations also rely on the organization to overcome logistical challenges arising from constricted supply chains following disasters.
To ensure a wide variety of response tools are available to communities hard hit by disasters, Airlink works with more than 70 non-governmental organizations, including many that like Airlink, partner with National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
Aid organizations benefiting from today’s flight are Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), MAP International, Afya Foundation, Global Links and World Hope International.
Thousands of people in Caribbean communities recently enduring hurricanes remain very vulnerable. In anticipation of continued need, Airlink is raising funds to support future flights and operations. Those interested in donating are encouraged to visit https://give.classy.org/Airlift-Caribbean.