Marine base sending supplies to Haiti

MCLB-ALBANY -- Marine Corps Logistics Base workers are currently loading pallets of various humanitarian supplies onto trucks to be used in relief efforts in Haiti, said Art Powell MCLB-Albany public affairs specialist.

There is no death toll for the island that was struck Tuesday by an earthquake, but authorities believe the number of victims is in the thousands.

More than 30 truckloads of supplies have been requested from MCLB-Albany by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for relief aid.

The humanitarian supplies, which are basics such as food, cots, tents and blankets, will be shipped to Florida by truck. They will be later transported to Haiti by air.

MCLB's Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) Facility was already put on alert earlier this week to prepare to ship supplies if needed.

"It's a pretty fast process," said Powell. "These guys know where everything is and the supplies are already wrapped up in pallets. So all they have to do is go in with a forklift and load the pallets onto the trucks."

The base's Excess Property Program is part of the Department of Defense (DOD) Humanitarian Assistance Program and uses recycled and refurbished DOD items for relief efforts.