Haiti 2010 Earthquake Response


Interaction lists member relief organizations participating in the earthquake response.

St. Louis Today describes the public health challenge in Haiti.

US Government Efforts

USAID reports that it has 13 Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART) members in Haiti to assess priority humanitarian needs and identify emergency relief supplies for immediate delivery to Port-au-Prince from the USAID/OFDA warehouse in Miami.

More than 300 USAR personnel have arrived in country, including a 72-person team from the Fairfax County Fire Department, a 72-person team from Los Angeles County Fire Department, an 80-person team from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and an 80-person team from Miami City.

As of January 14, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was coordinating the deployment of six additional U.S. USAR teams.

With $13 million in USAID/OFDA assistance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to deploy a 35-person Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT), five 35-member Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs), and a Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) of experts in victim identification and mortuary services. The HHS response includes the provision of four medical equipment caches. From USAID Fact Sheet #2, Fiscal Year (FY) 2010.

In addition to the above, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Urban Search and Rescue sent a second team of 42 people, one dog and equipment on Jan. 14.  The first team of 72 personnel, included 6 search and rescue canines, search and technical rescue personnel, physicians, paramedics, structural engineers, other support personnel and 48 tons of rescue equipment and supplies, and deployed to Petionville on January 13.

NGO Efforts

The International Organization for Migration said that in Jacmel, it had distributed 18,000 aquatabs, 600 jerry cans, 300 hygiene and kitchen kits, 600 mosquito nets, as well as plastic sheeting and tarpaulins (1/17)

Concern Worldwide aid workers were distributing 2,000 jerry cans and 100,000 water purification tablets on Sunday (1/17).

Save the Children gave water, food and hygiene supplies to 2,000 people at a hospital Saturday.

Word Vision provided 1,000 families with water and clothing kits (1/17)

Oxfam distributing water in two locations in Port-au-Prince, and installing temporary flexible tanks that hold up to 10,000 liters (1/17).


The following from AP, Jan 13:

The United Nations is releasing $10 million from its emergency funds.
Britain has sent 64 firefighters with search-and-rescue dogs and 10 tons of equipment.

Canada is sending an immediate $5 million Canadian (US$4.8 million) to the Haitian government and has put transport planes, helicopters, a hospital ship and a disaster response team on standby.

China will donate $1 million, according to Xinhua News Agency

Cuba already had field hospitals on the ground when the quake struck.

Denmark has donated 10 million kroner ($1.9 million).

The European Commission has approved euro3 million ($4.37 million), with more funds likely.

France is sending two planes with doctors, food and medical equipment.

Germany gave euro1.5 million ($2.17 million) and sent an immediate response team. Another team with 20 rescue dogs is on standby.

Iceland is sending 37 search-and-rescue specialists.

The Irish telecommunications company Digicel said it would donate $5 million to aid agencies and help repair the damaged phone network.

Israel is sending an elite army rescue unit, including engineers, rescue workers, doctors and medics.

Italy is pledging euro1 million ($1.46 million).

Mexico will send doctors, search-and-rescue dogs and infrastructure damage experts.

The Netherlands has donated euro2 million ($2.91 million) and will send a 60-person search-and-rescue team.

Spain has pledged euro3 million ($4.37 million), and sent three planes with rescue teams and 100 tons of emergency relief equipment.

Sweden has offered 6 million kronor ($850,000), along with tents, water purification equipment and medical aid.Venezuela has sent doctors, firefighters and rescue workers.

Taiwan is flying in 23 rescue personnel and 2 tons of aid and equipment.

For additional information about disaster operations, see the Links section of this website.


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