Okay Okay so we were told that we will have access to nothing- spoke to a man i will be working with who is very CIA-esque.. he had suggested bringing a free standing tent since we likely would not even have a stick or ground that could hold a tent up… I got advice on cleaning water using pens, filters, & the ole bleach & bandana method- but then i started receiving texts from Aaron (T-mobile & Verizon have waived roaming fees to & fro Haiti til 1/31.. AT&T has not- filthy bastards). Here are Aaron’s texts:
logistically this place needs us. Lots of people on the U of Miami base. 200 pax hospital and geraldo is next to me.
Phones work here. Tmobile is free. People have comps and I am working with a guy to set up wifi
Computers are likely safe here
Tent and mosquito net not at all necessary. They have a huge communal tent w/ cots.
don’t need to bring water, maybe powered gatorade. Maybe bring some water but don’t load up tho
There are pallets of water here. At night it is COLD! Sleeping bag is a must!
.. it was then clarified that it was so cold at night b/c they crank the AC in the tent at night! so a bit different than we were bracing ourselves for. I asked Aaron about coffee (if I have that i can do anything) he said there is coffee in the CNN tent- I was advised to bring makeup & be ready to bat my eyelashes. Will keep you updated- clearly there is wi-fi. When not working, i’ll blog. xoxo