Liz and Richard evacuated safely to Guadeloupe 5 days after the storm. Iris decided to stay, to keep an eye on things. We are organizing relief flights with food and essential supplies daily. Richard and several other pilots are flying, including our friend from Dominica, Robby Beyer, who we evacuated once we made contact with him and flew him to his plane in Martinique so he could help us. We started flying supplies into Dominica on September 24, 2 days after we got to Guadeloupe. We've now flown in over 25 airplane loads, about 15,000 pounds so far, as of today, October 12th.
We have to pay for rental of aircraft, extra pilots, fuel, landing fees, plus supplies. Supplies consist of: food, water, first aid, tarps, batteries, flashlights, matches, seeds for planting, feminine hygiene, baby supplies, adult diapers, rat poison, mosquito repellent, work gloves, blow-up mattresses, car chargers for charging cell phones, solar chargers, solar lights, candles, garbage bags, duct tape, chain-saws, a generator for the ham radio operators, spear guns for the Kalinago Chief, and so much more.
We are also evacuating people (and animals) off the island as we are allowed to, and as we are able.
Please help us to help the people of Dominica. We are taking care of our employees, guides, airport workers, and many others in need.
HUGE thank you to all on the ground at the Aerodrome de St. Francois, especially the master mechanic Pierre Dubois, and of course all of the pilots helping us.