Two elementary schools were directly impacted by a massive tornado in the Oklahoma City area on Monday. It brings to mind a storm from a 1996 tornado which destroyed the Allardt Elementary School in Fentress County.More >>
Two elementary schools were directly impacted by a massive tornado in the Oklahoma City area on Monday. It brings to mind a storm from a 1996 tornado which destroyed the Allardt Elementary School in Fentress County. More >>
KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Knoxville-based Remote Area Medical is known for providing free medical care in rural areas across the U.S.
However, the group got its start flying help to communities in developing parts of the world.
Now, RAM is getting ready for a mission to Haiti.
"Obviously, there are massive injuries as a result of buildings falling down around them and so it's going to be patching people up the best way we can. It's a very, very chaotic situation there," says RAM founder Stan Brock.
With so much congestion at the Port-au-Prince airport, RAM has decided to land in the neighboring Dominican Republic, hoping to truck everything and everyone across the border.
"We're going to send a team of physicians and nurses to that area through the Dominican Republic, back door so to speak, and the RAM aircraft is going to depart here we hope sometime Friday with a load of medical and other relief supplies," Brock says.
Brock will take the donated supplies in the charity's private plane and meet up with about a dozen medical personnel from Knoxville and across the U.S. who will fly commercial.
They have no set date to come home.
"This is going to be an ongoing effort, as these big disasters are. It's not something that's going to be resolved anytime soon. Efforts in a place like that are going to be measured in months and indeed years, just like they were in Katrina," Brock says.