Help!! Need to Get in Touch with Caterpillar or Case Corporate for Haiti Aid

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ARP, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    Ok all, I need your help.

    Through contacts on the ground in the region, I've learned that the Caterpillar and Case dealers in the Dominican have full fleets of equipment available that could be put to immediate use in any recovery efforts.

    I've already had conversations with my Deere contacts that is leading to some high level conversations, but I don't have any way to get in touch with people high up in Caterpillar or Case.

    I know there are several dealer representatives from these two companies and many others that watch and/or participate on these forums. I would appreciate any help that these people could provide in getting me in touch with their corporate "parents." If you want to remain anonymous and not respond to this thread, you can reach me on my cell at 508 944 8740, my email at Andrew@arplante.com, or a personal message on the forum here.

    So far I have a commitment from 3 operators/business owners (including myself) to travel to to the region and begin coordinating on the ground with the recovery efforts. All we need now are contacts within companies that may be able to provide access to equipment in the region.

    Thanks for your help,
    Andrew
     
  2. curtisfarmer

    curtisfarmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    Go for it ARP!

    Just a thought on how others like myself could help. Although I cannot go with you, I would be willing to something back here to support you and your efforts. I was thinking about your organization lining up stuff for us to do with our own equipment - crew - materials with the results (whether it be $, advertising, spreading the word, or helping repatriated Haitiens) going to support your recovery effort.

    :usflag::usflag::usflag::usflag::canadaflag::canadaflag::canadaflag:
     
  3. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Posts: 1,891

    Email sent.
     
  4. KTM

    KTM LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nice that your willing to help. Have you checked to see if they even want volunteers? From what I have heard there are thousands of people that want to go there, but they really do not want anyone unless you have specific training. Equipment is easily stolen there and put up for ransom, so manufacturers are probably only going to lend to certain organizations's. My father in law goes there almost yearly, hearing about it before, I can only imagine what it is like down there now.
     
  5. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    Thanks guys.

    I have several calls in to aid organizations and am working on getting higher up the chain in the Red Cross. There is a lot stacked against going there, so I'll see what happens.

    Curtis- Thanks for your offer to help- I'll take you up on it. Even if the Haiti trip does not work, I am still planning on gathering resources for a domestic response this year. I'll be in touch with you soon.
     
  6. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have sent this post, hopefully you will hear something shortly from CASE.
     
  7. whitebp1

    whitebp1 LawnSite Member
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    i dont believe that clean up is on the formost agenda right now. I belive that its more of a rescue/feeding type of deal there right now trying to get people to safe places and food and water they need. in a few months im sure the clean up will begin. I have a buddy who just got called out fo the reserves to active duty andis ebing sent down there for security. and another who is in a construction batalion who has been put on alert/stand by.
     
  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    Seen on the news now there is a small war going on with the people of the country. The frustrations are at the boiling point which is to be expected.

    Probably be a recovery mission for a little while longer collecting up the deseased people.
     
  9. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    Thanks Shane.

    whitebp1-I agree that it is going to take awhile for cleanup to occur. If I did go down, it would be primarily to assist with recovery. While money is necessary to keep things running, money is not the motivating factor for my willingness to help.
     
  10. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,752

    They expect pockets of "hope" for a few more days. Hopefully some people that were trapped were trapped near food or water.
     

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