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January 25, 2010

alternative temporary housing

Filed under: Uncategorized — rachelmd5 @ 7:19 pm

It is apparent that Port-Au-Prince will need to be evacuated in order to rebuild the capital along with other cities like Jacmel, Petit Paradis, and the list goes on.  With this terrible tragedy, do we really want to relocate the now homeless haitians to refugee camps in other countries indefinitely until there paperwork can be processed? 

The Haitian government and supporting nations may want to also consider floating dormitories like they use for the coastguard, or like the Queen Mary floating hotel.  This would allow families to stay together, create jobs potentially and would alleviate immigration back logs which are sure to happen as long as Haiti is being rebuilt.  I realize this would not house all displaced haitians who have lost their home, but a little bit goes a long way.


alternative ports

Filed under: Uncategorized — rachelmd5 @ 6:59 pm

Gonaives is a port town.  It took about 3-4 hours to drive from Port -au-Prince to Gonaives due to at least 1/2 the trip was unpaved roads.  I read your last blog and thought why can’t some of the aid go in through other seaports that are not damaged.  It seems areas north of the capital sustained less if any damage.
I mean they have Club Med down there.  So if they get the tourists in, why not the aid to the different areas that need it.  Here are a list of seaports in Haiti and the source website:

24500 All Other Haiti Ports     Haiti Central America
24500 Anse du Clerc     Haiti Central America
24500 Anse-D’Hainault     Haiti Central America
24500 Aquin     Haiti Central America
24509 Aux Cayes     Haiti Central America
24513 Cap Haitien     Haiti Central America
24500 Dame Marie     Haiti Central America
24500 Fond la Grange     Haiti Central America
24588 Gonaives     Haiti Central America
24500 Ile de la Gonave     Haiti Central America
24537 Jacmel     Haiti Central America
24500 Jeremie     Haiti Central America
24553 La Fitteau     Haiti Central America
24553 Lafiteau     Haiti Central America
24500 Le Mole St. Nicholas     Haiti Central America
24500 Leogane     Haiti Central America
24559 Miragoane     Haiti Central America
24571 Petit Goave     Haiti Central America
24579 Port au Prince     Haiti Central America
24585 Port de Paix     Haiti Central America
24500 Roche a Bateau     Haiti Central America
24500 Saint Louis du Sud     Haiti Central America
24591 Saint Marc     Haiti Central America
24500 Seringue     Haiti Central America

January 16, 2010

Additional Airport Information

Filed under: Haiti — jeffdebrosse @ 12:48 am
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The logistical challenges in Haiti are currently fairly substantial. This is just a quick note to add the following info (from the CIA World Fact Book). Below is information on the airports in Haiti:

Airports – with paved runways:
total: 4
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1 (Port-Au-Prince)
914 to 1,523 m: 3 (2009)
Airports – with unpaved runways:
total: 10
914 to 1,523 m: 2
under 914 m: 8 (2009)
In other words, there are 5 airports (4 unpaved, 1 paved) that are 914-1523 meters (3000-5000 feet) in length. Perhaps these can be used for smaller cargo aircraft (smaller than a C-130). For instance, a full-loaded C-130 @ 155,000 lbs. gross wt. would requite 6000′ of runway (and 8,500′ of runway @ 5000′ of elevation).
According to the following data:, Port-Au-Prince airport is 9900′ in length so it supports a variety of large aircraft. Cap Haitien is paved and is 4900′ in length. It’s 131km (81 miles) from Cap Haitien to Port-Au-Prince airport, so if smaller aircraft could be landed in Cap Haitien, there would have to be convoys to move the equipment and incoming/outgoing personnel. Unfortunately, I was just told that the drive between Port-Au-Prince and Cap Haitien is very difficult. I’d have to be in-country to assess the actual difficulty, but this is a potential solution for getting additional supplies and personnel into the country.

January 15, 2010

Haiti: Information and Updates

Filed under: Haiti — jeffdebrosse @ 4:49 pm
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My name is Jeff Debrosse. I’m a Haitian-born U.S. citizen. I live in San Diego county with my wife and three kids. I am a veteran (USMC – 8 years) and currently the Sr. Director of Research for ESET, LLC. While in the Marine Corps I was a very successful logistician – responsible for the movement of thousands of personnel and equipment. This means planning of movement  or support of food, water (including reverse osmosis systems), ammunition, shelter, electrical power, fuel, sewage removal, etc. via Navy ships, maritime prepositioned flotilla, aircraft (fixed and rotary wing), trucks and rail.

Now that we’re done with the intro, let’s move on to the real matter at hand: the crisis in Haiti.

I’ve been scouring the Internet and making calls to different people to gather assistance for the people of Haiti.

I’m very pleased to hear that additional crisis response personnel are being deployed. That’s what’s needed right now – more doctors and a lot of medical supplies (especially antibiotics) – not well-intentioned volunteers that can’t treat patients and would, themselves, require food, security and shelter. After some level of stability is achieved, I don’t think there could be enough volunteers to assist with the rebuild and other humanitarian efforts.

Important links with regard to Haiti and the current crisis:

Family Locator Resources and Tools:

Security information regarding fraudsters attempting to leverage the current crisis:

I will continue to monitor the situation and report back here since email has been overwhelming. Please feel free to reply and update as well. Also, a big “thank you” to Roger Fraumann who has been offering his assistance, some of the above links, and will be putting me in touch with the personnel that can pave the way for me to directly assist in-country.

The global response to the crisis has been nothing short of phenomenal. My personal thanks to every government and citizen that has provided support – both in-person and monetarily.


p.s. My family is still attempting to locate my father, Raoul Guillame who lives in Bizoton (not too far from Port-Au-Prince). If anyone has news of his status, that would be a great relief!

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