Volusia missionaries help prepare for Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
Storm's track shifts closer to Florida
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Haiti is a special place for Pastor Robbie O'Brien of Salty Church in Ormond Beach.
He has been to the country close to half-dozen times for mission work and he knows the amount if need there.
And in the next few days, as Hurricane Matthew makes its way north, the need will more than likely grow.
"Most people their housing is twigs and mud. Maybe some sheet metal and plastic and it's all just based on whatever you can find or scavenge. That's what you're making your house out of and so there's no place to go," said O'Brien.
O'Brien says his church has been helping Dave and Elizabeth Linkinhoker as they continue their missionary work in Haiti.
He's been in contact with them via social media but the reception has been hit-or-miss.
"Dave and Elizabeth are a little more inland. Elevated maybe 100 feet off the water but I know I've got friends in the northwest they've got a 3-foot seawall. It's 3 feet and after that.... the hardest part is just there's no place to go," said O'Brien.
With little reception already, O'Brien says some Haitians didn't even know a storm was coming until church on Sunday.
"When you're living in a third, fourth-world kind of country it has to be word-of-mouth so they found out at church. 'Hey, there's a storm coming. It's going to be really bad,'" said O'Brien.
For O'Brien, the scary part isn't the storm itself but what's left after it leaves.
"For me it's the aftermath. Where do you go? There's no place to go to get supplies. Or if you have money to buy supplies where are you going to spend it? There's no hardware store for most people. It's just day to day survival," said O'Brien.
O'Brien has been working with people to line up charter planes to offer help after Hurricane Matthew passes.
But the unknown of the damaged areas makes planning challenging.
"The logistics are difficult and that's why this is scary because help may not come for another week after it's needed and that's what's tough," said O'Brien.
Meanwhile, airports like Daytona International are working to stay storm ready.
Jay Cassens with Daytona International Airport says crews are working on their destructive weather plan.
Cassens says the storm has the potential to disrupt close to a dozen flights Thursday into Friday.
"This is probably going to be some of the highest winds we've seen in several years," said Cassens.
Part of the plan involves shielding windows and securing items on the tarmac including the jet bridges and luggage carts.
"We're actually the third busiest airport in the state of Florida and we have a lot of general aviation traffic. So, when a storm hits, especially when we get high winds anything over 55 knots is going to not allow the emergency response vehicles to respond so none of the air carriers can land," said Cassens.
Cassens says if winds reach 55 miles per hour the emergency vehicles can't reach the tarmac.
At 65 miles per hour air traffic control leaves their post which results in the halt of all flights landing or taking off.
"When a storm hits, especially when we get high winds. Anything over 55 knots is going to not allow the emergency response vehicles to respond to none of the air carriers can land," said Cassens.
Cassens says there's a high probability the airport windows will be covered up and loose items like baggage containers and jet bridges will be secured.
"We'll be meeting with all of the tenants and making sure that all of the equipment outside is tied down," said Cassens.
Currently, no flights in or out of Orlando International Airport have been disrupted.
The same goes for Orlando Sanford International Airport and Port Canaveral.
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