It was a tragic event and I am deeply saddened and shocked. Our prayers go out to all involved.
It a situation where SECONDS count, we would much rather go and not be needed, then not go and be needed.
I invested in a local sim car for my phone, for the month I'll be on the island, just in case. (PM me for my direct number, the ACER number is a better choice for emergencies)
But let me back up a bit. My first visit was almost 4 years ago. At that time I investigated the government run ems service on the island and found NONE.
Further investigation revealed ACER, a 100% volunteer organization assisted by Island Ferry.
I aligned myself with them and have been assisting them ever since.
I have been working with ACER to help publicize the team and the response capabilities. I created a logo for the team and donated it to them.
I have created:
A web presence www.acerbelize.blogspot.com
A Friends and Family tracking web presence that was used extensively during the hurricane a few years ago ( www.acerfriends.blogspot.com
A twitter site for both ACER http://twitter.com/acerbelize
and ACERFRIENDS http://twitter.com/acerfriends
Collection, Purchase and Delivery of Medical supplies and equipment both in 2008 and even more in 2009.
Teaching CPR and First Aid classes
So, where are we at today:
Still trying to increase awareness of the team (for ANY Medical related Emergency call ACER at Island Ferry (226-3231) Island Ferry is the command center and they will send help, but someone has to call them.
Increase the number of active team members call ACER @ at Island Ferry (226-3231) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Collect additional funds, supplies and purchase equipment (Donate via paypal email@example.com
Questions, PM me, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org