Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, the Texas aviator who recently circumnavigated the globe following Amelia Earhart’s path, is spearheading “Dominica Airlift — Angels to Eden” to aid residents of the storm-stricken Caribbean island nation. The Category 5 Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica on September 18, leaving the population of about 70,000 without power or viable telecommunications, in addition to wreaking severe damage to homes and infrastructure, including the island’s port, but sparing at least one usable airstrip. Lloyd learned this week, however, that the relief situation on Dominica is improving.
“Our help is needed, but new information came in last night,” Lloyd said in a September 25 Facebook post. “We established contact with the emergency operations center (EOC) on Dominica late last night. We now know that the port is open again, and other relief materials are starting to flow into Dominica. We are not going to be the sole-source of material flowing to Dominica as we originally thought.”
But, he added, even with international relief from NGOs starting to come in, the EOC asked Lloyd and his airlift volunteers to come to Dominica to help.