Hurricane Matthew Preparations

October 2, 2016
Hurricane Matthew is heading directly for southern Haiti. We’re expecting tonight and tomorrow (October 3-4) will see significant, and potentially catastrophic, damage in the area around St. Boniface Hospital.

Our team in Haiti has been preparing for this event since last week. Drainage ditches have been dug, windows boarded up, and patients and staff moved into the most hurricane-safe buildings we have. That includes moving our Spinal Cord Injury patients into the new Surgical Center, which is proving invaluable even before the first surgery is done.

See below for some photos from the past couple of days of our team’s heroic, round-the-clock preparations.
 

Men digging to prepare for hurricane
Digging drainage ditches through the hospital campus.
 
Preparing spinal cord injury center for hurricane
Spinal Cord Injury Center patient housing relocated to the Surgical Center.
 
Incident team meeting
The Incident Response Team at St. Boniface meets to prepare for the storm.

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Thank you for standing with the people of southern Haiti during this difficult time.