Disaster Response. Step One.
Airlink is working with its NGO and airline partners to provide free-of-charge flights for responding personnel to reach communities in Maui. The first supported group will be ITDRC whose volunteers will be working to mobilize an Assessment Team with initial communications resources to establish WiFi connectivity in 4 shelters in Maui. As additional partners respond, Airlink will assist their travel to provide immediate relief, in addition to later-stage debris removal, sheltering, and recovery once the wildfires are contained. On the cargo movement side, Airlink is receiving incoming requests from partners and is so far working to send 30 pallets of aid over the coming weeks.
Challenges include that there is only one airport serviced by major airlines (OGG) on Maui. Additionally, responders must wait until fires are controlled and roads are passable for both responders and civilians to be able to return to affected areas.
Airlink brings prior expertise in wildfire response, demonstrated through ongoing response efforts to the Nova Scotia, Canada wildfires, the Lytton Creek Fires (2021), and the lethal bushfires in Australia during 2020.
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