Union College Sends a Second Group to Haiti

Two weeks after a catastrophic earthquake, the risks for injured survivors is still growing in Haiti.
The government was decimated by the earthquake and so far, only the most very basic services are coming back.

Most people are trying to get out of the country, but just one week ago we told you about a group of students from Union College that went to Haiti for a search and rescue mission.
That group has made it home safely now a second group is on their way.

Looting, injury and death. That is what awaits the group as they make their way to the earthquake ravaged country of Haiti.

"They are in desperate need of medically trained people. We'll be doing a lot of supporting roles, helping the physicians that are working to treat the people wounded and getting infections from their injuries," said student David Skau.

The small group of students boarded a flight out of Omaha Tuesday morning.

David Skau has been on relief efforts before, but even he admits it's hard to be fully prepared, even after talking with the first group of Union College students about their experience.

"Of course we don't know exactly what to expect, things can change on a whim. The first group went expecting to do one job and ended up having it change on way down and change the day after they arrived from search and rescue to medical care. We are expecting to do medical care and help in a hospital with emergencies and those getting infections from injuries but we may find we'll get there and have to do something else and we'd be happy to do that too."

Whatever comes their way the group says they feel as prepared as they can be. They've trained for this day and are willing to help in any way they can.

"Some of the prep is just adaptability, being prepared for the unknown. We've trained in international rescue and relief emergency med services and disaster management and a lot of broad range of skills because you never know what you'll need in a disaster," said Skau.

Skau said 5 students got on the plane Tuesday morning heading to Miami. From there they will meet up with another student from Iowa and a staff member that went to Haiti on the first trip.

They are supposed to then head to Haiti to work at a hospital in Port au Prince.


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