Helping in the relief effort in Haiti will be four Lincoln Union College students and the associate director of the college’s International Rescue and Relief Program.
Group leader Jon Thomas tells us from the Miami Airport that their assignment has changed. He says that they will now be overseeing a group of about 100 volunteers working in conjunction with a search dog.
Thomas says that if the dog picks up any hint that there is life they will congregate in that area to see if there is anything that can be done.
Thomas says the group scrambled to get ready for the trip including preparing for the psychological effects that such work can have. The college is collecting money to help pay for the trip.
Anyone interested in donating can get additional information on the college’s Web site, www.ucollege.edu.
A Lincoln physician will also be helping out in the disaster in Haiti as part of the Urban Search and Rescue Program based here in Lincoln. Dr. Ed Milnek, who is an emergency physician at Bryan LGH, was first sent to the Homestead Air Force Base in Florida and then to Haiti.