A Charleston non-profit water relief organization is just one relief effort in South Carolina that is assisting the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Vice President of Disaster Response for Water Missions International Jerry Minor describes what the scene is at the Charleston plant.
“It’s controlled chaos. We are working with a situation that is chaotic on the other end and we are under control here and getting things ready and prepared, so as soon as we can get in, we can go. Yesterday we brought together 10 systems, we have 20 systems that are ready to go,” says Minor.
These water purification systems will be delivered to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Each system can treat 10,000 gallons of water a day, which is enough to provide for 5,000 people daily in a disaster. Minor explains the importance of getting these systems to the victims soon.
“We need to get there quickly, the time is ticking. This is a matter of life or death. We would like to be on the ground the first part of next week. Actually, we would like to be on the ground now,” says Minor.
Minor explains the process of how they will provide the water: “Certainly you always need a source, and fortunately we are extremely familiar with Haiti. And, again fortunately we are familiar because we just went through the disaster response in October of 2008. We already know sources, so we can come in and google map. There are plenty of rivers there that we can drop into. This is the advantage versus trying to drill a bunch of wells and getting access. We can go in and find some local water source,” says Minor.
Minor says the response is extremely expensive, so they do need cash assistance. Someone can give a gift at watermissions.org.