Hard to believe we are facing another possible disaster here, but we are doing what we can to prepare for Hurricane Tomas. I have spent the last two days at one of the camps we manage and have helped to remove every possible object from the common areas that could become a missile. I hope we did all of that work for nothing, the storm misses us and we can move everything back in and set up all the tents again! Despite all of the warnings and information about the storm very few people are leaving the camps. Some don't believe the storm will hit (let's hope they are right), for many there is nowhere else to go and some are reluctant to leave the only possessions they have left. I am very worried for them.
It was extremely windy earlier and now it is calm but has started to rain. We were told we needed to leave work by 3pm today - the UN closed their base at noon and the Haitian government asked schools and businesses to remain closed today and tomorrow. Along with the work in the camps, I had several news outlets call for interviews. Here is one that is online already:
I am at home and Al just called to say he is on his way. We have plenty of food, water and movies as long as our electricity and / or laptop batteries hold out. I will post updates as soon as I can after the storm. Keep your fingers crossed for a big MISS!