Hurricane Wilma headed for Florida - Oh no, not again!!
October 20, 2005 - 9:35am (EST) - Titusville, FL - Air Mobile Headquarters - Report submitted by Joe Hurston
Now, it's personal (again)! Several days ago, Air Mobile had made the decision to go to Pakistan, but that mission is being delayed to a lady (she's really no lady) named Wilma. More about Pakistan a bit later in this report.
Yesterday (Wednesday, 10-19-05), you may have heard that Hurricane Wilma entered the record books as the most powerful storm in Atlantic History! I flew relief to Jamaica during Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 that held the previous record of 888mb (barometric pressure). Wilma broke that record with 886mb and had winds gusting over 200mph. Most projections have Wilma coming to Southwest Florida near Fort Meyers / Naples. By the way, we're praying for Wilma to collapse!
Immediately, Air Mobile went into action. An additional 20 Vortex Voyagers TM are being built and a "war-room" footing was engaged. It just so happened that we were hosting Ray Denkewitcz, the President and CEO of Vortex Corporation. Our planned meetings were completely interrupted by Wilma. We also had Tom and Steve Flaim with us. You may recall that Tom and Steve are working very hard to help get Vortex Voyagers TM around the world. Man, did we have some "horse-power" around that table yesterday.
Soon, we had a plan to contact Governor Bush and request funding for Vortex Voyagers TM and access into "Ground Zero" once Wilma reached Florida. Our deployment vehicle will be our 35' motorhome. This vehicle will carry at least 10 Vortex Voyagers TM and up to 20 Vortex Voyagers TM as the needs unfold. This amazing "package" will provide up to 500 gallons per hour of very pure water from very dirty water. The motorhome also provides sleeping and living facilities for our Air Mobile team. Our simple plan is to "stalk" the hurricane, staying just out of range of the winds. As soon as the disasters areas are cleared for relief, we'll rush there with the capability of providing a significant amount of clean water immediately.
Let me give you a quick snapshot of just what 20 Vortex Voyagers TM can do. 500 gph amounts to 4100 lbs of water every hour. On a 12 hour shift of pumping water, the 20 Vortex Voyagers TM will generate 6000 gallons or 49,200 lbs of water. That exceeds the capacity of 1 fully loaded 5000 gallon water tanker truck. THAT'S JUST THE FIRST DAY! Every day after that, the 20 Vortex Voyagers TM will exceed a fully loaded tanker truck of water.
ALSO, the 20 Vortex Voyagers TM could be deployed into 20 different locations, AT THE POINT OF NEED! If we compare the water from a tanker truck, the truck must first get into the location, not always easy after a disaster. Then the recipients must get to the water tanker. What are we saying? The Vortex Voyager TM deployment is far superior.
Now the 20 Vortex Voyager TM Deployment plan is just the tip of the iceberg. We at Air Mobile and Vortex hope to see many Vortex Voyagers TM deployed both RE-ACTIVELY, but more important, PRO-ACTIVELY! Please pray that our Lord gives us favor with Governor Bush on this plan!
What about Pakistan? The death-toll will likely exceed 100,000! Disease is breaking out due to the lack of clean drinking water. Prior to Wilma, I had planned to lead an exploratory team equipped 10 Vortex Voyagers TM to the most needy areas of Pakistan. We still plan to go. In between weather reports on Wilma, I am working on flights, team members, survival equipment, warm clothing, etc. etc.
Oh, one other thing, we are planning to deliver 20 Vortex Voyagers TM to Haiti before the end of the month. Barbara Walker, our on-site Caribbean Representative along with the Harris Rosen Foundation (who has funded these Vortex Voyagers TM!) have secured 20 recipients in Haiti who have immediate need for clean water. That Air Mobile Team will likely be led by Christian Hurston. Cherie Hurston will likely accompany Christian on the Haiti Mission.
Well, as you can see from this "newsy" report, we at Air Mobile are extremely busy. WE NEED YOUR PRAYER, LOVE AND SUPPORT!! Do not hesitate to contact us if you can help or have any questions. God Bless You!!