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More MCLB supply trucks leave for Haiti

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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Tractor trailer trucks at MCLB Albany continue to load up with supplies to be flown to Haiti. The Department of Defense's Humanitarian Assistance Program, which has storage facilities at the Albany Marine Base, is sending out a total of 36 truck loads of relief supplies.

The trucks you see here are being loaded with anything from food to tents. They're headed down to a staging area in Jacksonville tonight. From there they'll be air-lifted to Haiti. Today, I was amazed at how fast the crew loads these semi trucks and found out that's because they have plenty of experience doing this.

Ten minutes. That's all it takes for the Department of Defense's Humanitarian Assistance-Excess Program crew in Albany to load a semi truck.

"We have the last of the thirty-one trucks here that are being loaded and they should be finished getting them out of here at 1500 hours (2:00 PM) this afternoon," said HA-EP Director Bill Lane.

They've become so efficient at disaster relief because they have plenty of experience.

"During hurricane season from June until November, we're always posed for any type of disaster that goes on in Central or South America or Caribbean countries."

When the call from the DOD came in to begin shipments to Haiti, the crew, many of whom are Albany civilians, was ready.

"I think it's real good, those people really need this," said Albany truck driver Moody Bowden. "I'm just glad that, to be a part of the, getting it down there."

The supply warehouse has plenty of items available for use in any disaster, like this privacy shelter.

But for now, the only requests have been for food, water cans, cots and tents. The crew cleared an entire section of this 5 acre supply warehouse in less than a day. Going from this, to this, in mere hours.

"I just think it's a good humanitarian thing to do, you know?" continued Bowden. "We're here to help people."

And with a crew this fast, the earthquake victims in Haiti won't have to wait long for even more relief.

Some of the other disasters this crew has worked include the 2004 tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. MCLB Albany also stores sleeping bags, blankets, medical supplies, some medical equipment, and clothing that are ready to ship if needed.

 

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