Haiti 2010 Earthquake Response


Note:  See “Operations” for description of other relief activities, including NGO participation.

February 5, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #24

February 4, 2010

PANHO/WHO SITREP #19 for Feb. 4

USAID Fact Sheet #23

February 3, 2010

DFID(UK) SITREP for Feb. 3

Logistics cluster report on accessing cargo movement services

USAID Fact Sheet #22

February 2, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #21

February 1, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #20

WASH Cluster Feb. 1 update

HHS activates additional components of NDMS

January 31, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #19

January 30, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #18

January 29, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #17


January 28, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #16

January 27, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #15

January 26, 2010

USDAID Fact Sheet #14 issued

From USAID press release:

Haitian police and civilian volunteers, assisted by the U.S. military distributed more than 43,800 hand-held radios to survivors of the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. In a collaborative effort, the team handed out self-powered radios at major distribution centers in Cité Soleil, the Presidential Palace, the Petionville Club and other affected areas throughout the city.

From USAID press release:

In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti Jan.12, the U.S. is expediting the delivery of medical supplies, providing critical health services, and conducting assessments to help determine health priorities. The U. S. government also is helping to plan for Haiti’s long-term public health needs and harmonizing health inputs with other donors and groups led by the government of Haiti and coordinated by the Pan American Health Organization.

January 25, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #13 issued

From USAID Fact Sheet #14:

On January 25, the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART) coordinated the donation of USAID/OFDA-funded U.S. urban search and rescue (USAR) tent supplies to the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and area hospitals, including a total of seven tents to the University of Miami field hospital at the Port-au-Prince airport and the Port-au-Prince General Hospital and three tents to the Foyer L’Escale Orphanage in northern Port-au-Prince. UNICEF plans to utilize the tents to establish child-friendly spaces at the Foyer L’Escale orphanage, complementing efforts between UNICEF and the Government of Haiti (GoH) Ministry of Social Affairs to increase support for earthquake-affected populations.

On January 25, two USAID/OFDA-funded flights carrying more than 5,400 hygiene kits and 5,000 body bags arrived in Port-au-Prince.

January 24, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #12 issued

From USAID Fact Sheet #13:

International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported receiving 14 trucks of U.S. Government (USG)-donated emergency relief items from the Dominican Republic, as well as a container of USAID/OFDA-provided emergency relief items at the Port-au-Prince port on January 24.

From USAID press release:

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah met with Haitian President René Préval yesterday. Administrator Shah visited Haiti to meet with local officials and to monitor ongoing earthquake recovery. Administrator Shah and President Préval discussed recovery efforts and Haiti’s urgent needs. Administrator Shah traveled together with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

January 23, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #11 issued

January 22, 2010

USAID Fact Sheet #10 issued

For additional information, see ICRC 1/22 update.

From UN/US Statement of Principles on field coordination

The Government of Haiti has primary responsibility for the response to the earthquake of 12 January 2010.

Haiti continues to experience aftershocks. [ICRC]

In Primatur, some 3,000 people are living in makeshift shelters. Volunteers from IRC and Haitian Red Cross distributed distributed blankets, soap and jerrycans for storing drinking water; also, plastic sheeting for making temporary shelters. [ICRC]

The Haitian Red Cross, with help from ICRC, opened a new first-aid post in the Carrefour sports complex.  Finnish Red Cross doctors began work at another new first-aid post in Carrefour Feuille. [ICRC]

At a hospice for the elderly in the Bel Air area of Port-au-Prince, ICRC found no first aid, latrines or water, and plans to arrange assistance there. [ICRC]

ICRC forensic specialists provided a morgue at the Hôpital Universitaire de l’État d’Haïti (HUEH) with body bags. [ICRC]

January 21, 2010

For additional information, see White House 1/21 press release, ICRC 1/21 update and USAID Fact Sheet #9

Approximately 13,000 military personnel (10,000 afloat and 3,000 ashore) are in Haiti as part of the relief effort. There are 20 U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships, 63 helicopters, and 204 vehicles in the joint operations area. [WH]

The Coast Guard has 3 vessels in the Florida Straits to support any tasking related to Haiti relief efforts: Coast Guard Cutters Alert, Dependable, and Venturous. [WH]

The Coast Guard has 801 service members on site assisting with recovery [WH]

Nearly 44,000 radios have been delivered to Port-au-Prince for distribution so that the people of Haiti can receive FM/AM broadcasting of VOA programming and CJTF Haiti public service announcements. [WH]

International and U.S. USAR teams combined have rescued approximately 122 people to date. [USAID]

Five HHS Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and one International Medical Surgical Team are fully operational.

As of 1 pm, January 21, HHS teams had treated 7,266 patients. [USAID]

The hospital ship USNS COMFORT has treated 932 people since arriving January 20 at Port-au-Prince harboR. [USAID]

Eighteen hospitals and 5 field hospitals are currently operational in the Port-au-Prince area. [USAID]

WFP distributed food assistance (high-energy biscuits, humanitarian daily rations and emergency rations) to 64,432 people in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area, Jacmel in Southeast Department, Jérémie in Grand’Anse Department, and Gonaïves in Artibonite Department. [USAID]

Reports of rape and gender-based violence are increasing. [USAID]

Water production is sufficient but not always convenient to the locations where displaced persons have gathered.  Water distribution at 85 locations has served 180,000 people. [USAID]

People are migrating from Port-au-Prince to surrounding areas, including St. Marc city and Anse-a-Galets town, Gonâve Island. [USAID]

Four shelters for displaced persons—Lycee Bicentenaire, l’Ecole National de
Pivert, Sanon Derac, and Armond Thoby school–with a combined capacity of 1,500 people, have opened since  January 19. [USAID]

The ICRC and Haitian Red Cross jointly established three first-aid posts in the Primatur, Carrefour-Feuille and Carrefour neighbourhoods in or near Port-au-Prince.  [ICRC]

Radio stations are playing a jingle that publicizes the Red Cross service for tracing relatives. [ICRC]

JTF-Haiti has distributed more than 600,000 bottles of water and more than 400,000 meals/humanitarian rations. [WH]

The USS Carl Vinson is producing 100,000 gallons of potable water daily.  [WH]

Water tanks are being installed in each zone of the city and potable water is now available at 45 distribution points.  [WH]

USAID/OFDA has delivered 9 water treatment units to provide 900,000 liters of safe drinking water for 90,000 people per day. [WH]

With USAID, World Vision began distributing 2,000 metric tons of Food for Peace (FFP) commodities, sufficient to meet the immediate food needs of 93,350 individuals in Petion Ville, Delmas, and Port-au-Prince. [WH]

January 20, 2010

For additional information, see ICRC 1/20 update and USAID Fact Sheet #8

U.S. search and rescue teams are making rounds of Port-au-Prince to see what structurally unsound buildings may have collapsed after today’s quake. SAR activities will continue until the Government of Haiti officially decides to cease operations. [USAID]

The World Food Program estimates that up to 2 million individuals require food assistance.  WFP beneficiaries currently receive seven-day rations of high-energy biscuits (HEBs) or meals ready-to-eat (MREs).  [USAID]

A USAID/OFDA-funded flight carrying emergency relief supplies arrived in Port-au-Prince. [USAID]

USAID/OFDA has contracted six large dump trucks and drivers for 15 days to facilitate the delivery of food assistance in Port-au-Prince and Carrefour beginning on January 20.  [USAID]

A total of 18 Red Cross Emergency Response Units (ERUs) have been activated for the Haiti earthquake response, of which eleven have arrived and are operational, delivering medical care, clean water, logistics and telecommunications support. [USAID]

ICRC health teams reached Petit-Goâve, 70 kilometres south-west of Port-au-Prince, set up two first-aid posts and delivered first-aid kits to treat up to 500 patients. The city’s main hospital lacks everything. [ICRC]

In Port-au-Prince, more medical supplies have been delivered to the Hôpital de la Paix and to the Haitian Red Cross first-aid post in the shantytown of Martissant. [ICRC]

Five Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and one International Medical Surgical Team are fully operational.  As of January 19, HHS staff had treated approximately 5,290 patients.  [USAID]

The USNS Comfort arrived in Port-au-Prince, providing a more than 1,000 hospital bed capacity, and has begun receiving patients by helicopter. [USAID]

Approximately 80 water distribution sites are operational in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.  [USAID]

So far, nearly 23,500 names have been registered on the ICRC family links website. More than 1,600 of these postings are from people eager to let their loved ones know that they are safe and alive. Over the past few days, some 360 names have been removed from the list after people being sought were located by their relatives. [ICRC]

6:03 a.m.  A 6.1 earthquake (aftershock) struck about 35 miles WSW of Port-au-Prince (USGS).

January 19, 2010

For additional information, see ICRC Bulletin No. 7

On January 19, the Crimson Clover offloaded in Port-au-Prince with approximately 2,000 MT of commodities for distribution. [USAID]

The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) has established daily water supply via truck to three locations in Port-au-Prince and provided water to 12,000 individuals.  ICRC also transported additional equipment, including water bladders, water tanks, pumps, generators, and chlorine to enable teams to double the quantity of water delivered. [USAID]

ICRC staff have reached the city of Léogane, 60 kilometres west of Port-au-Prince and are setting up first-aid posts. [ICRC]

ICRC engineers have determined that the water tower that serves the entire population of Cité-Soleil, iswill require extensive repairs. Meanwhile, residents are collecting water directly from the base of the tower. [ICRC]

The ICRC and the Haitian National Red Cross Society are setting up an office in at Haitian Red Cross headquarters in Coix-de-Prez, in Port-au-Prince, to help people contact relatives. [ICRC]

More than 23,000 names have been registered on the ICRC website set up to help people who have lost contact with family members (www.icrc.org/familylinks). [ICRC]

January 18, 2020

For more information, see USAID update, Fact Sheet #6 (pdf file)

U.S. authorities revised air traffic control priorities that previously gave military flights precedence over humanitarian flights.

The US military began making air drops of food and water.  An Air Force C-17 dropped 14,500 MREs, or Meals Ready to Eat, and 15,000 liters of water into a secured area 5 miles northeast of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. [USAToday]  Additional deliveries are planned over three days at three secure drop zones where the aircraft can unload from an altitude of about 1,000 feet. [CBS News]

43 international USAR teams, with 1,739 rescue workers, and 161 dogs, are on the ground. [USAID]

The United Nations said it had run out of fuel for trucks distributing aid, though more was on the way. [USAToday]

Road travel remains difficult, in part due to displaced populations living on the streets. The route from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince was reportedly passable, though bottlenecks due to relief traffic were creating delays of up to an hour at the border crossing point, and disorganized relief convoys were creating further delays. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recently reported a transit time of up to 18 hours. The U.N. Logistics Cluster has requested that the Government of the Dominican Republic (GoDR) establish a humanitarian hub in Barahona as an alternate for channeling humanitarian relief cargo from Santo Domingo to Haiti. [USAID]

Preliminary health assessments do not indicate risk of widespread communicable diseases. The latest data on hospital operations and capacity include six operational field hospitals, as well as six operational and nine partially operational local hospitals. [USAID]

There is a critical need for water at the following displaced persons sites:  Primature, Debussy, Morne Brun, and Croix des Prez.  Three Red Cross Water and Sanitation Emergency Response Units, able to provide safe drinking water for up to 50,000 people a day, have arrived. [USAID]

3:00 pm DoD C-17 air-delivered 14,500 MREs and 15,000 liters of water into a controlled drop zone located five miles north-northeast of the Port-au-Prince airport. [USAID]

January 17, 2020

For more information, see USAID update, Fact Sheet #5 (pdf file)

Many of the flights scheduled for today in different areas of the city had to be called off because of security concerns, leaving some of the most desperate areas still waiting.

The United Nations has recommended using the road from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic as the main entry point for humanitarian aid.

The WFP is setting up a shuttle service between Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo with flights for shuttling passengers three times a day.

Roughly 27 international search-and-rescue teams, with about 1,500 personnel and 115 rescue dogs, are on the ground. Roughly 70 people have been rescued by the teams. Sixty percent of the areas in Port-au-Prince have been searched. [Agence France-Press]

USAID and partners have roughly 7,100 metric tons of emergency food aid in Haiti.

US military helicopters airlifted 27,000 humanitarian daily rations from Guantanamo Bay to Port-au-Prince on Saturday.

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division have delivered more than 70,000 bottles of water and 130,000 rations.

Three USAID and office of US foreign disaster assistance water treatment facilities have arrived on C-130 aircraft. They have a combined capacity of 300,000 liters of drinking water a day.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, docked off Port-au-Prince, has delivered 30 pallets of relief supplies to be transported to distribution points, State Department said.

A British Red Cross convoy which traveled overland from the Dominican Republic was Sunday setting up a 300-bed field hospital.

9:01 a.m. Canadians are airlifted out of Haiti.

4 a.m. Rescuers conclude that no one is left alive inside a collapsed day care center in Port au Prince.

January 16, 2010

10:59 p.m. “Approximately 5,000 U.S. military personnel are currently supporting task force operations within Haiti and from U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels off shore, according to U.S. Southern Command.”[CNN]

USAID update, Fact Sheet #4 (pdf file)

3:02 p.m. CNN reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, accompanied by USAID chief Rajiv Shah, has arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to meet with Haiti’s President, Rene Preval, and Prime Minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, to discuss how to speed the relief and recovery effort.

The U.S. Navy ship Comfort, a floating hospital, left Baltimore, Maryland, this morning for Haiti.

10:02 a.m. Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) reports damage to their three existing medical facilities in the capital, and say they have treated more than 2000 patients in tented clinics set up next to the damaged structures.

“Surgical needs are particularly acute. Logistical, communications and transport problems remain.”

The number of communicable diseases in Haiti and along the border with Dominican Republic remains stable, according to the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO).  Health cluster partners continue to monitor the situation.

 According to HHS, five Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) and one International Medical Surgical Team (IMSuRT) are fully operational and executing missions in Haiti.  As of January 19, HHS staff had treated approximately 5,290 patients.

 According to the GoH Ministry of Health, the need for surgery will likely be significant during the next 10 days, followed by a period marked by increased need for maternity and basic health care, as well as treatment for infectious diseases.

 On January 20, the USNS Comfort arrived in Port-au-Prince, providing a more than 1,000 hospital bed capacity.

The USNS Comfort has already begun receiving patients by helicopter.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)

 At the January 19 WASH cluster meeting, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the GoH’s National Directorate for Potable Water and Sanitation (DINEPA) reported that the private sector pledged to provide 8,000 gallons of fuel daily to support water distribution activities.

 Approximately 80 distribution sites are operational in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.  Relief partners are working to install additional water bladders to increase storage capacity at the sites, with 20 bladders installed to date.  WASH cluster partners report that additional hygiene items, including soap, water containers, and cups, are needed in settlement sites.  WASH cluster partners are coordinating with the shelter cluster to determine the distribution process.

 The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) has established daily water supply via truck to three locations in Port-au-Prince.  ICRC reports that 12,000 individuals received safe drinking water through this operation on January 19, double the number of beneficiaries reached in the three locations on January 18.  On January 19, ICRC transported additional equipment, including water bladders, water tanks, pumps, generators, and chlorine to enable teams to double the quantity of water delivered.

The WASH cluster hygiene working group is developing a hygiene promotion awareness campaign that will include bill boards, leaflets, posters, and other communication products, noting that sanitation is becoming more of a priority for response efforts.  DINEPA has invited partners to share existing materials, preferably in Creole, which can be used in the campaign.

 The sanitation working group is currently defining an action plan to address sanitation needs.  According to the USAID/OFDA WASH Advisor, WASH cluster partners have constructed approximately 1,000 latrines serving approximately 50,000 people to date, a number expected to double in the coming days.

Haiti Earthquake – January 20, 2010


 According to the USAID/DART, the GoH Department of Civil Protection (DPC), in coordination with municipalities and IOM, has identified 329 spontaneous shelter sites in the metropolitan area, including in Port-au-Prince, Croix des Bouquets, Cité Soleil, Tabarre, and Carrefour.  The DPC is working to organize shelter facilities.

IOM estimates that approximately 200,000 families in Port-au-Prince are currently in need of shelter support.  The U.N. Shelter Cluster is working to develop a shelter strategy and has established five working groups focusing on strategic advisory issues, site planning and management, non-food item distribution, site assessments, and camp management.


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