In aftermath of Dorian, Mobile Medics Int'l team headed for Bahamas from Anchorage

This image shows Hurricane Dorian on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Dorian howled over North Carolina's Outer Banks on Friday, Sept. 6, a much weaker but still dangerous version of the storm that wreaked havoc in the Bahamas, flooding homes in the low-lying ribbon of islands and throwing a scare into year-round residents who tried to tough it out. (Source: NOAA via MGN)
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - In Anchorage, thousands of miles from the destruction left behind by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, the reports of tens of thousands of people without electricity, shelter, food and water resonate.

"At the moment, expectations are complete devastation," said Sean Burns of Mobile Medics International, one of two people headed from Anchorage Monday to assist with aid in the ravaged island country.

"Because I can," Burns said. "Because I'm trained to do it. And I don't feel comfortable watching it on TV. I have the skill set, I have the experience, I can come out, and I can do it."

Mobile Medics International is a non-profit that sends teams from around the world to locations in need of humanitarian aid and disaster response assistance.

"I have the privilege of being safe and having access to medical care in my life," said Mobile Medics International field sepcialist Anna Bornstein, "and when I see communities that have that stripped from them, disaster, war, a host of different things, I feel compelled to provide what I can."

As part of that mission, Bornstein and Burns are flying from Anchorage to the islands to provide care - primarily medical help - to the people there.

Along with the 24 hours' travel time, and figuring out if the 20-plus bags they've brought along will suffice, there are security concerns.

"There is nothing out there," Burns said. "We have something - the people need it and want it. There is nothing to stop them from taking it forcefully."

Still, they are flight ready, with bags packed and nearly overflowing with supplies they gathered last week, set to bring much-needed medication, food and other provisions so they may operate a full-fledged pop-up clinic inside the disaster zone.

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