TIA may receive Haitian evacuees

TAMPA — Tampa International Airport may receive evacuees from Haiti, and airport officials have held two emergency planning meetings today to discuss how to process evacuees without identification.

They are expecting that some of the evacuees could require medical attention, and some may have friends or relatives in the United State and may need flights to reach them. Others may need a place to stay, a press release from airport spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan stated.

In Haiti, a huge international relief effort is going on, and as U.S. military aircraft fly people out of Haiti, Florida airports are preparing to process them.

Airport officials anticipate getting only two hours notice before planes arrive.

The agencies involved in planning Tampa's response include airport operations, police, maintenance and support staff; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Transportation Security Administration; Tampa Fire Rescue and the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Other agencies that will join include MacDill Air Force Base, air traffic control and other law enforcement agencies.

TIA may receive Haitian evacuees 01/16/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 16, 2010 3:01pm]

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