Cajun Navy Foundation, in collaboration with Operation Airdrop and other organizations, is executing two airdrops in Florida’s Gulf County today. Crews departed at 1:00 EST en route to both Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka. The mission is expected to take approximately one and a half hours.
CNF has been working with the local EOC to coordinate the drop zones and times. The local fire department and about a dozen boots on the ground are set to surround the property, where the drop is expected to take place around 2:00. Those on the ground anticipate a short wait before they can run in and start pulling supplies out of the nets; ensuring safety in case of debris that could fall.
Each of the helicopters is capable of dropping 1,000 lbs. worth of supplies. With the overwhelming and immediate needs in these hard hit areas, the operation will bring tarps, food, baby supplies and many other necessities. The drop will take place at a baseball field in Port St. Joe and at an empty field in Wewahitchka. Wewahitchka is expected to provide manpower to help unload the net.
The airdrop has been made possible by a variety of organizations working together. A few of the key participants working with CNF include: Operation Airdrop, LIFT (a logistics organization), World Hope International and Florida’s VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).
Cajun Navy Foundation volunteer Billie Dase has taken ownership CNF’s mission in Wewahitchka. She and her crew, named the CNF USA Team, have been driving six to eight hours round trip from Brewton, Alabama to Wewahitchka every day for the last week as boots on the ground.
“This airdrop means a whole lot to me,” said Dase. “We came out here Friday, and we brought some supplies in that we purchased ourselves. It was overwhelming when I saw the devastation to this town – the people trapped in their houses that we were cutting out and trying to get supplies to, and all the hungry babies that needed formula that were screaming and crying. My team and I are so thrilled about this airdrop. We cried tears of joy and could hardly sleep last night. People don’t realize how much this drop means to this community. Wewahitchka needs us.”
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