While relief efforts in Haiti need surgeons and nurses, they may be even more desperate for safe operating rooms, rugged vehicles, diesel fuel and tents.
That's the latest word from Kansas City area agencies joining rescue efforts to help victims from the massive earthquake.
The One 5 Foundation of Leawood's Brad Gautney reported that workers in the devastated capital Port-Au-Prince have been scrambling with Mission of Hope Haiti to set up operating rooms in classrooms, but are still sorely lacking equipment and supplies.
The efforts are also crippled for lack of working vehicles and diesel fuel, he said.
"We desperately need surgeons, but the capability to accommodate them is limited," Gautney wrote in an e-mail from Haiti. "We need money, a vehicle and diesel desperately!"
The Kansas City office of the Salvation Army has arranged with the Coleman Co., based in Wichita, to airlift 1,000 tents and lanterns this week for Haiti, the Salvation Army's Amanda Waters said this morning. The organization also will be sending four emergency disaster services specialists from Kansas City on Monday to join Salvation Army efforts.