I apologize if my post is out of line on the Ride Board. This is where the pilots check most frequently so I took a chance that they will see it here. This request for help is directed to western states pilots, many of whom fly to coastal towns in Mexico and are familiar with the area, but anyone is welcome to help.
I've been receiving reports from the Red Cross and messages from radio operators in my beloved San Carlos. SC is the 2nd hardest hit by Jimena, tho it had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hovered over that community. THERE IS NO PART OF SC THAT DIDN'T SUSTAIN DAMAGE. The highway between Hermosillo and SC remains closed, and flights will be the only way to get relief in. Their needs are still being examined (food, water, hygiene items, water treatment tablets) but with a reported 90% of homes and businesses having some degree of damage, the community's need could be great.
If you want to make yourself and your plane available for a run, please email me and I will start putting the list together and coordinate with World Care in Tucson for delivery to your plane; if you're a pilot from out of town, please consider using RYN rather than AVQ for landing and loading. Cruz Rojo in SC will coordinate folks on the ground on their end so that people/trucks will meet you. The hitch is that no runway is yet cleared and evaluated at either SC or Guaymas so trips aren't likely to begin today. To save time later, please include plane model/color/cargo capacity/tail number, and your cell number and home airport in the email. If you can't help for a week or so, I'm sure it would still be needed then. I didn't take the time to look up those airport IDs but perhaps one of you could do that and add it to this post for everyone's convenience.
If you own property in San Carlos (as I do/did) it may be in the Sea of Cortez by now (as mine is) but we can try to check on it for you if you provide the address. If you have a boat docked/in storage/at a slip, you can give me its name and location and that too can be checked asap.
Jimena hit Mulege while still a hurricane and it's rather devastated but the Coast Guard and Baja Bush Pilots are on it, and report that they have sufficient planes at this time. The mid-Baja was also slammed but BBP has relief pilots scheduled from SoCal. The gray whale birthing grounds at the Loreto Estuary is destroyed but fortunately the whales and their calves returned to Alaska already. That seems to be the only good news.
I'll post the link to photos and video in a few minutes for anyone interested.
North American Belgian Sheepdog Rescue
(& Sea of Cortez devotee)email@example.com
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