Facilitating logistics solutions for Airlink's NGO network to reach Guam
The key challenges for this response are centered around access constraints. Guam is a traditionally remote location to reach due to its location in the Pacific Ocean as well as being an island, making air response to this disaster even more critical. In addition, officials are still conducting initial damage assessments as the residents continue to experience the after effects of the storm, including rain, flooding, and storm surge warnings. Power has been cut to the majority of the island’s residents and there are concerns over the impact to infrastructure and clean drinking water sources. The airport also remains flooded at this time, limiting the ability for planes to land. Airlink has expertise responding in the region following Typhoon Soudelor in 2015 and Typhoon Yutu in 2018.
Disaster Response. Step One.
Airlink is working with its NGO and airline partners to provide free-of-charge flights for responders into Guam, including emergency responders, health professionals, logisticians, and additional programmatic staff. The first supported group from Team Rubicon will be carrying out initial damage assessments.