Haiti Emergency Responses – The first few Days

Salvation Army Mobilizing Personnel,Resources to Aid

with Haiti Relief Salvation Army school, clinic damaged;

staff on-site organizing emergency response

The Salvation Army is mobilizing resources and personnel to assist with the international relief effort in Haiti following a severe earthquake Tuesday that damaged much of the country’s infrastructure, housing and commercial buildings.

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and currently operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and church-related activities spread across two major facilities in Port au Prince, close to the epicenter of the earthquake and at other locations in the country.

One of the facilities, or compounds as it is referred to, includes a home for more than 50 children; a school with a daily attendance of 1,500 children; a medical clinic caring for 150-200 people daily; and a church that on any typical Sunday welcomes nearly 1,000 people. The facility is less than 10 minutes from the National Palace and is in an area known as St. Martin that’s home to predominantly poor living in the nation’s capital. According to reports from Salvation Army staff in Port au Prince, no one in the compound was injured during the earthquake, but the children’s home, the clinic and church suffered major damage. Several smaller buildings, including residences, have collapsed completely. People were sleeping in the parking lot overnight, while severe aftershocks continued to affect the country.

The second compound that houses Salvation Army administrative offices is being used as an emergency operations center; damage was slight to this compound, according to Salvation Army reports from Haiti.

The Salvation Army hospital in Fond-des-Negres (75 miles west of Port-au-Prince) reports some minor damage, but no injuries.

The Salvation Army’s World Services Office, based in Alexandria, VA, has committed $50,000 to the relief effort and the organization is prepared to commit more financial resources, as well as food, water and other emergency supplies, to assist in the recovery.

The organization is preparing to send more than 44,000 lbs of pre-packaged emergency rations to the country, along with emergency disaster teams. The Salvation Army is working with other agencies to identify appropriate transportation for the food. As with all such relief efforts, The Salvation Army will be a part of the initial emergency response while assessing longer term needs of the residents.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti at this time and especially our Salvation Army officers and employees throughout the country,” said Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, who directs the Salvation Army World Services Office.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via, www.salvationarmyusa.org, 1-800-SAL-ARMY and postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728. Designate donations “Haiti Earthquake.”
Devastation in Haiti

Words cannot begin to describe the devastation that has taken place in Port au Prince, Haiti.
I am the Director of Disaster Services for The Salvation Army in Haiti, and I am from the United States. My wife and I have been in PAP since April, and have fallen deeply in love with the country and it’s people.

When the earthquake struck, I was driving down the mountain from Petionville. Our truck was being tossed to and fro like a toy, and when it stopped, I looked out the windows to see buildings “pancaking” down, like I have never witnessed before. Traffic, of course, came to a stand-still, while thousands of people poured out into the streets, crying, carrying bloody bodies, looking for anyone who could help them. We piled as many bodies into the back of our truck, and took them down the hill with us, hoping to find medical attention. All of them were older, scared, bleeding, and terrified. It took about 2 hours to go less than 1 mile. Traffic was horrible, devastation was everywhere, and suffering humanity was front and center.

When we could drive no further, we left the truck parked on the side of the street, and walked the remaining 2 miles to get back to the Army compound. What I found was very sad! All of the security walls were down. The Children’s Home itself seems pretty intact, but our quarters, which is attached, are destroyed. Unliveable. The walls and ceiling are still standing – but so badly compromised that I wouldn’t even think of trying to stay there. All of the children, and hundreds of neighbors, are sleeping in our playground area tonight. Occasionally, there is another tremor – another reminder that we are not yet finished with this calamity. And when it comes, all of the people cry out and the children are terrified.

As I am sitting outside now, with most people trying to get a little sleep, I can hear the moans and crys of the neighbors. One of our staff went to a home in the neighborhood, to try to be of assistance to the woman who lived there. But she was too late.

The scene will be repeated over and over again. Tomorrow, we will begin the process of assessing damage, learning about casualties, and preparing for the future.

God bless Haiti.


David Ebel Reply by David Ebel on January 14, 2010

Published: January 13, 2010

New York Times Article on Haiti 01/13/10

s residents, rich and poor, from shantytowns to the presidential palace, in the devastating earthquake that struck late Tuesday afternoon.

Calling the death toll “unimaginable” as he surveyed the wreckage, Haiti’s president, René Préval, said he had no idea where he would sleep. Schools, hospitals and a prison collapsed. Sixteen United Nations peacekeepers were killed and at least 140 United Nations workers were missing, including the chief of its mission, Hédi Annabi. The city’s archbishop, Msgr. Joseph Serge Miot, was feared dead.

And the poor who define this nation squatted in the streets, some hurt and bloody, many more without food and water, close to piles of covered corpses and rubble.

Limbs protruded from disintegrated concrete, muffled cries emanated from deep inside the wrecks of buildings — many of them poorly constructed in the first place — as Haiti struggled to grasp the unknown toll from its worst earthquake in more than 200 years.

In the midst of the chaos, no one was able to offer an estimate of the number of people who had been killed or injured, though there was widespread concern that there were likely to be thousands of casualties.

“Please save my baby!” Jeudy Francia, a woman in her 20s, shrieked outside the St.-Esprit Hospital in the city. Her child, a girl about 4 years old, writhed in pain in the hospital’s chaotic courtyard, near where a handful of corpses lay under white blankets. “There is no one, nothing, no medicines, no explanations for why my daughter is going to die.”

Governments and aid agencies from Beijing to Grand Rapids began marshaling supplies and staffs to send here, though the obstacles proved frustrating just one day after the powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit. Power and phone service were out. Flights were severely limited at Port-au-Prince’s main airport, telecommunications were barely functioning, operations at the port were shut down and most of the medical facilities had been severely damaged, if not leveled.

A Red Cross field team of officials from several nations had to spend Wednesday night in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to gather its staff before taking the six-hour drive in the morning across the border to the earthquake zone.

“We were on the plane here with a couple of different agencies, and they all are having similar challenges of access,” Colin Chaperon, a field director for the American Red Cross, said in a telephone interview. “There is a wealth of resources out there, and everybody has the good will to go in and support the Haitian Red Cross.”

The quake struck just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday about 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, ravaging the infrastructure of Haiti’s fragile government and destroying some of its most important cultural symbols.

“Parliament has collapsed,” Mr. Préval told The Miami Herald. “The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed. There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them.”

He added: “All of the hospitals are packed with people. It is a catastrophe.”

President Obama promised that Haiti would have the “unwavering support” of the United States.

Mr. Obama said that United States aid agencies were moving swiftly to get help to Haiti and that search-and-rescue teams were en route. He described the reports of destruction as “truly heart-wrenching,” made more cruel given Haiti’s long-troubled circumstances. Mr. Obama did not make a specific aid pledge, and administration officials said they were still trying to figure out what the nation needed. But he urged Americans to go to the White House’s Web site, www.whitehouse.gov, to find ways to donate money.

“This is a time when we are reminded of the common humanity that we all share,” Mr. Obama said, speaking in the morning in the White House diplomatic reception room with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at his side.

Aid agencies said they would open their storehouses of food and water in Haiti, and the World Food Program was flying in nearly 100 tons of ready-to-eat meals and high-energy biscuits from El Salvador. The United Nations said it was freeing up $10 million in emergency relief money, the European Union pledged $4.4 million and groups like Doctors Without Borders were setting up clinics in tents and open-air triage centers to treat the injured.

Supplies began filtering in from the Dominican Republic as charter flights were restarted between Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince.

Some aid groups with offices in Port-au-Prince were also busy searching for their own dead and missing.

Sixteen members of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti were killed and as many as 100 other United Nations employees were missing after the collapse of the mission’s headquarters in the Christopher Hotel in the hills above Port-au-Prince.

Forty or more other United Nations employees were missing at a sprawling compound occupied by United Nations agencies. Ten additional employees had been in a villa nearby.

It was one of the deadliest single days for United Nations employees. The head of the group’s Haitian mission, Mr. Annabi, a Tunisian, and his deputy were among the missing, said Alain Le Roy, the United Nations peacekeeping chief.

The Brazilian Army said 11 of its soldiers had been killed. During a driving tour of the capital on Wednesday, Bernice Robertson, an analyst with the International Crisis Group, said she saw at least 30 bodies, most covered with plastic bags or sheets. She also witnessed heroic recovery efforts. “There are people digging with their hands, searching for people in the rubble,” she said in a video interview via Skype. “There was unimaginable destruction.”

Paul McPhun, operations manager for Doctors Without Borders, described scenes of chaos.

When staff members tried to travel by car, “they were mobbed by crowds of people,” Mr. McPhun said. “They just want help, and anybody with a car is better off than they are.”

Contaminated drinking water is a longstanding problem in Haiti, causing high rates of illness that put many people in the hospital. Providing sanitation and clean water is one of the top priorities for aid organizations.

More than 30 significant aftershocks of a 4.5 magnitude or higher rattled Haiti through Tuesday night and into early Wednesday, according to Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey. “We’ve seen a lot of shaking still happening,” she said.

David Wald, a seismologist with the Geological Survey, said that an earthquake of this strength had not struck Haiti in more than 200 years, a fact apparently based on contemporaneous accounts. The most powerful one to strike the country in recent years measured 6.7 magnitude in 1984.

Bob Poff, a Salvation Army official, described in a written account posted on the Salvation Army’s Web site how he had loaded injured victims — “older, scared, bleeding and terrified” — into the back of his truck and set off in search of help.

In two hours, he managed to travel less than a mile, he said.

The account described how Mr. Poff and hundreds of neighbors spent Tuesday night outside in a playground. Every tremor sent ripples of fear through the survivors, providing “another reminder that we are not yet finished with this calamity,” he wrote.

He continued, “And when it comes, all of the people cry out and the children are terrified.”

Louise Ivers, the clinical director of the aid group Partners in Health, said in an e-mail message to her colleagues: “Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. S O S. S O S … Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us.”

Photos from Haiti on Wednesday showed a hillside scraped nearly bare of its houses, which had tumbled into the ravine below.

Simon Romero reported from Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Reporting was contributed by Marc Lacey and Elisabeth Malkin from Mexico City, Ginger Thompson and Brian Knowlton from Washington, Neil MacFarquhar, Denise Grady and Liz Robbins from New York, and Mery Galanternick from Rio de Janeiro.

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David Ebel Reply by David Ebel on January 15, 2010 at 8:15pm DeleteHaiti: OCHA Situation Report #3

Posted by Hal Newman • January 14, 2010

Distribution of aid is underway, with larger-scale work expected in the coming days as supplies arrive in-country.

• The priority for assistance is search-and-rescue assistance, including teams with vital heavy-lifting equipment, and medical assistance and supplies.

• Coordination of assistance is vital. The UN Disaster and Assessment Coordination (UNDAC) team and OCHA coordination teams are on the ground. They are coordinating the arrival of search and rescue and other assistance at the airport.

• Six Urban Search and Rescue teams have arrived. An additional 21 teams are due to arrive by the end of today.

• Access to people in need is difficult due to debris and obstacles on the roads.


A helicopter assessment by the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) found some areas with 50 percent destruction or serious damage, with many buildings completely collapsed. Full damage assessments will take days to complete. Port-au-Prince and other urban centres, such as Jacmel and Carrefour, are affected. The estimated population of Port-au-Prince is 2.8 million, with some 3.5 million people living in areas affected by strong shaking from the earthquake.

Casualty numbers are increasing at medical facilities. Many victims have been left in the open or are still trapped in rubble. The death toll remains unknown. A three-level hospital has collapsed and the remaining hospitals are no longer admitting patients due to lack of capacity.

There is no water supply. Communications are down and there is no electricity. Authorities have warned of looting and other crimes, in parallel to media reports that convicted criminals have escaped from a prison, which also collapsed. So far, the security situation remains calm.

The first priority for the humanitarian response is urgent search-and-rescue assistance, including teams with vital heavy-lifting equipment, and medical assistance and supplies. Food, clean water and sanitation, and emergency shelter are also critical. Needs are expected to increase in the short term as assessments take place.

Populations are gathering in open spaces and others are leaving Port-au-Prince for regions in Haiti that may not be able to assist with a population influx.

The airport is only operational for humanitarian and military flights. Lack of fuel and the lack of support for offloading relief goods are major constraints. Aircraft must be able to return on their own fuel. MINUSTAH began positioning trucks and forklifts at the airport today.

The port is not operational, with all three cranes destroyed. Traffic congestion and debris in the streets are impeding general movement and rescue efforts.

Nine of the 13-person UNDAC team have arrived in country. One UNDAC member is being deployed to Santo Domingo to set up and run the coordination effort, relief teams and supplies coming through the Dominican Republic.

The Humanitarian Coordinator and most UN agencies, including OCHA, have relocated to a logistics base near the airport. UNDAC and the Iceland and US Search-and-Rescue teams have set up a reception centre at the airport to assist with coordinating the many incoming teams and humanitarian aid. Base camps are being deployed to accommodate international teams.

The Prime Minister is coordinating Government relief efforts. The Government is setting up an operations site close to the airport. The UNDAC team will provide telecommunications and logistics support to the Government.

Humanitarian Needs & Response

The five clusters that have been mobilized so far have met in-country. These are Logistics (WFP); Shelter/Non-Food Items (IOM); WatSan (UNICEF); Health (WHO); and Food (WFP). Given the scale of the disaster and the toll this has taken on local capacity, global cluster leads have been asked to prioritize coordination capacity for the response and deploy dedicated cluster coordinators to support coordination on the ground.

The Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has deployed a 12-person Field Assessment Coordination Team, five of whom have arrived in-country. Ten Emergency Response Units have been deployed with mobile basic health care, water and sanitation kits, and telecommunications equipment.

Search and Rescue Six Urban Search and Rescue Teams have arrived. An additional 21 teams are due to arrive by the end of the day. Search and rescue activities are being conducted in Villa Prive, Christopher and Montana.

Health Experts from the PAHO/WHO Regional Disaster Response team arrived in the Dominican Republic and were to travel to Haiti today. Supplies have been released from PROMESS, the pharmaceutical warehouse of Haiti’s Ministry of Health. Trauma kits to care for 500 victims for 10 days are on their way. PAHO/WHO has advanced $200,000 from its disaster response fund to initiate immediate critical activities. A second ICRC plane carrying 40 tonnes of supplies – mainly medical items – is expected to leave Geneva this afternoon. The cargo will include specialized kits to help treat the wounded and a kit sufficient to cover the basic health needs of 10,000 people over a period of three months. The plane will carry 3,000 body bags and materials such as one tonne of chlorine that can be used for water treatment. It is due to arrive in or near Port-au-Prince on Friday. Yesterday, ICRC staff based in Port-au-Prince were able to visit several public hospitals that are still functioning, and started to provide them and Haitian Red Cross headquarters with emergency medical supplies stockpiled before the disaster struck. The supplies included medicines and other medical items needed to treat about 200 hospitalized surgical patients and basic drugs for 1,000 patients with general health problems.


The Food Aid Cluster is working on the presumption that two thirds of those affected are in need of food assistance. Therefore, the cluster is working towards meeting the needs of 2 million people. Given the lack of water and cooking facilities, there is an immediate need for ready-to-eat foods for an initial seven-day period.

Based on this, an estimated 14,000 mt of food and 160 mt of high-energy biscuits are needed. WFP food distributions began on 13 January in Jacmel for approximately 3,000 people located around the airport. Distributions in Port-au-Prince are ongoing today. There are military escorts for a further 2,900 beneficiaries in three locations: Place Boyer, Villa Creole and Primature. These have been identified as areas where large numbers of people are concentrated.


IOM has started the distribution of non-food items including tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, jerry cans, water containers and bladders, and some shelter material. IOM has enough stock in the country to assist an estimated 10,000 families, but a far greater level of support is needed. IOM will lead the coordination of emergency shelter and non-food emergency relief aid among humanitarian actors responding to the disaster. The Shelter Cluster will include camp management and will develop an NFI tracking matrix to assess available equipment. It will publish assessment forms for camps that have been established and will circulate them tomorrow to its partners.


A cargo plane carrying $500,000 worth of supplies from the UNICEF landed in-country, bringing with it enough oral rehydration salts, water purifications tablets, tarpaulins and tents to provide temporary housing for 10,000 people. A second plane is due to land today with blankets, tents and jerry cans. The UNICEF Dominican Republic Country Office will initially be used as the emergency response hub. UNICEF Panama has available basic emergency material, such as water purification tablets, 10-litre water collapsible containers, trauma kits and refills, tents, education kits, recreation kits, and satellite telecommunication systems. Two flights from the Red Cross and WFP will be dispatched from Panama to the Dominican Republic with supplies.The existing UNICEF WASH team, now in Port-au-Prince, has taken over from UNDP on coordination.


The airport is operational for humanitarian and military flights. Air Traffic Control is responding to incoming aircraft, but with limited capabilities. There is very limited aircraft-handling capacity. Boeing 757s can land. The airstrip is 141-feet wide. The US Air Force is on location at Port-au-Prince airport.

WFP has deployed seven logistics staff to help support relief efforts through the activation of the Logistics Cluster.

Emergency Telecommunications

MINUSTAH will provide ICT infrastructures and support to the humanitarian community in main operational areas. To guarantee additional services to the humanitarian community, WFP will lead the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster by providing coordinating functions, mainly to NGOs as well as ETC services in additional areas setup for relief operations.

Three IT emergency responders departed on Wednesday night from Dubai and Rome. They will transit through Panama to arrive in Port-au-Prince on Friday morning. They have equipment to re-establish basic communication facilities and initiate inter-agency services. Two IT officers are already in Port-au-Prince doing IT assessment work. Five more people are on standby. Additional equipment is being prepared in Dubai to join a flight scheduled to depart in the next 36 hours. Equipment will include solar panels, generators, laptops and wireless equipment to augment the first batch. Inter-agency teleconferences are being held regularly to ensure relevant information is shared among the clusters, and to inform humanitarian IT counterparts how to request and access WFP services in Haiti.


FAO is active in Port-au-Prince and is implementing a $25 million food production programme. FAO is preparing to provide assistance in affected areas as well as in rural areas where an influx of people from Port-au-Prince is expected. The aim is to be ready to provide agricultural inputs and technical assistance for the upcoming March planting season. FAO is preparing needs assessment missions to that effect in the coming days as part of the immediate agriculture and food security priorities.


MINUSTAH has established an Emergency Joint Operations Center to coordinate support to the overall humanitarian effort, which will likely be considerable in the coming days. UNDAC and the Iceland and US Search-and-Rescue teams have set up a reception centre at the airport.

Britain has sent 64 firefighters and 8 SAR personnel. Canada has deployed transport planes, helicopters, a hospital ship and the DART team. The

Netherlands has sent a 60-person SAR team. Spain has sent 3 planes with rescue teams and 100 tons of emergency relief equipment.

Sweden has sent tents, water purification gear, and medical assistance. The US has sent 3500 soldiers, 300 medical personnel, 1 aircraft carrier and 3 amphibious ships.

In-kind donations:
From the private sector side, OCHA has received offers of medical supplies and practitioners; water equipment and supplies (Siemens and two other companies); generators and equipment to move rubble (Caterpillar – supplies in the Dominican Republic); logistical support (DHL, Maersk shipping and a third company has offered planes); and emergency telecommunications (Ericsson).
Several initiatives are being undertaken by private corporations to raise funds for charities in Haiti and also provide services. These include large corporations in North America such as Digicel Group; National Bank of Canada; FedEx Corp; UPS; Kraft; 3M; Scotiabank; General Motors; Campbell Soup; Wells Fargo; Wal-Mart; Lowes; American Airlines; ConAgra and Google Inc.

All humanitarian partners, including donors and recipient agencies, are encouraged to inform FTS of cash and in-kind contributions by sending an email to: fts@reliefweb.int.

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David Ebel Permalink Reply by David Ebel on January 15, 2010 at 9:40pm

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) is accepting search requests for loved ones affected by the earthquake. For those who would like to put in a request that SATERN personnel attempt to locate a loved one, fill out and submit an online health and welfare information form at http://qso.com/satern/emailfrm.htm . Approximately 300+ requests have already been submitted.

SATERN is a group of 4200+ amateur radio operators scattered throughout North America and the rest of the world who help assist with disaster operations by communicating via high frequency radio networks.

SATERN said there have been significant challenges to establishing searches and gathering information about Haiti because all communication lines within the country are down, preventing the radio operators from being able to take action on the health and welfare requests they’ve received so far. Any information they’ve received about the state of the devastated country has come from maritime ships and other nations around Haiti.

The volunteer organization has a radio operator heading to the country next Friday to set up a radio station, which will be the first step in establishing significant two way communication out of Haiti. There will also be two teams from the Dominican Republic and a medical team heading to Haiti within the week.

SATERN operator Pat McPherson couldn’t estimate how long it would take to get the radio station and an established line of communication set up. In the 21 years he’s been working with SATERN, he described the situation in Haiti as “the most challenging he’d ever seen” due to the massive devastation. He also noted, “Usually when something goes bad, there are operators around the area that was hit, but Haiti didn’t have very many amateur operators to begin with, and that’s part of the challenge.”

Thank you to all the SATERN volunteers who are working around the clock to help those who are looking for their loved ones affected by the earthquake in Haiti. For more information on SATERN, visit their website at www.satern.org.

Updates on Disaster Relief:

For more information on what The Salvation Army is doing in Haiti, visit our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org or The Salvation Army Haiti at www.salvationarmyhaiti.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

How to Donate:

To donate directly to the Salvation Army’s Haiti relief efforts , visit our secure online donations page. You can also donate by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, texting ‘HAITI’ to 52000, or sending a check or money order to: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728 (*Please note that your donation is for Haiti Earthquake relief*).
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Chris Schwartz Permalink Reply by Chris Schwartz on January 15, 2010 at 12:36am
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My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti and those visiting the Country. I am also keeping those who are responding in my thoughts and prayers as well. Many of those responding are in my educational program and my field of work.

I watched the news and could only watch it for a short period of time as it breaks my heart to see what they are going through.

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David Ebel Permalink Reply by David Ebel on January 15, 2010 at 12:47am
I have been added to the ready to respond team for The Salvation Army in Haiti. No times or details are available yet…but soon as they do….I will keep you all posted.
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Bob Atkinson Permalink Reply by Bob Atkinson on January 16, 2010 at 9:41am
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I also have been added the the ready to respond team for The Salvation Army in Haiti. Don’t know just when but will keep everone advised as to when I leave.
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David Ebel Permalink Reply by David Ebel on January 18, 2010 at 1:50pm
30 Americans injured while responding to Haiti


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David Ebel Permalink Reply by David Ebel on January 18, 2010 at 1:54pm
Message from FEMA (as posted on the USFRA site)
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. President Obama has instructed the federal government to undertake a swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives in Haiti, and FEMA continues to support USAID and others in those efforts.

On behalf of FEMA Administrator Fugate, I’d like remind you that FEMA is supporting USAID’s efforts in Haiti with search and rescue teams, communications and coordination support, and relief supplies and commodities. As you well know, state, local, and tribal responders are the foundation of our nation’s search and rescue teams. I know the President and Secretary Napolitano share my gratitude for the commitment and dedication shown by these responders.

State, local, and tribal governments with goods and services to offer to the relief effort in Haiti should direct their offers to helphaiti@state.gov. Responders are reminded to please not attempt self-dispatch to Haiti; USAID and the State Department are coordinating the deployment of resources to Haiti and responders should deploy only if tasked to do so.

The most urgent need that we can all fulfill at this time is to support ongoing disaster relief fundraising efforts. To help, I urge you to go online to http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti to find relief organizations supporting the response in Haiti and make a contribution to support the disaster relief efforts.

Thank you for your continued hard work and commitment.

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David Ebel Permalink Reply by David Ebel on January 18, 2010 at 2:02pm
What is being done? Check this link and see what most of the responding agencies are doing.


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Bob Atkinson Permalink Reply by Bob Atkinson on January 19, 2010 at 11:47am
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Jan. 19 Update: Aid by the Numbers19th January 2010 written by Laura
Though there is still overwhelming need in Haiti, the good news is relief workers are finally being able to reach Port-au-Prince without dealing with as massive delays or outrageous rerouting as experienced immediately following the earthquake.

That allowed for:

– a 14-person American medical team of 8 doctors and six nurses to arrive in Haiti Sunday and administer care in Port-au-Prince Monday.

– An additional 2 doctors and 5 international emergency management personnel from the U.K and Canada to arrive in Haiti Monday morning.

– 2 doctors and 1 nurse to visit an unreached orphanage and administer formula and oral electrolytes to infants and young children.

– nearly 200 people, including 100 orphans, to receive medical aid by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.

– 7,000 people to receive food in less than 2 hours from Salvation Army officers and staff. The provisions are enough to supply 1 individual with 5 days of food!

Also to come:

– A cargo plane with critically needed medical and relief supplies departed for Haiti Monday evening.

– Additional planes are expected to leave today (Tuesday).

– A Salvation Army Haitian Relief Team is bringing a water filtration system that will be able to purify up to 10,000 gallons of water per day.

To help get out supplies and personnel out as quickly as possible, a Salvation Army base of operations has been set up in south Florida to act as a supply line to the country where food, water, medical equipment, fuel, and other supplies are scarce and desperately needed by both earthquake victims and relief workers.

Your financial support is urgently needed to be able to continue relief efforts. Monetary donations are our most crucial need and can be made through:

* www.salvationarmyusa.org and via PayPal
* Text ‘HAITI’ to 52000 and confirm ‘Yes’
* 1-800-SAL-ARMY
* The Salvation Army World Service Office
International Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 630728
Baltimore, MD 21263-0728
Please note that your donation is for Haiti Earthquake relief

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Bob Atkinson Permalink Reply by Bob Atkinson on January 20, 2010 at 1:07pm
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Hope in the Midst of Despair
Salvation Army relief teams continue to offer support in Haiti
January 20, 2010

The Salvation Army in Canada & Bermuda continues to serve the victims in Haiti as a part of its disaster response plan. In cooperation with Salvation Army teams from the United States and the United Kingdom, 7,000 Haitians were given a five-day supply of food on Monday and hundreds more, including infants and orphans received medical care from Salvation Army doctors.
A Canadian team is now on the ground, assisting with relief efforts and participating in long-term planning. A supply line from south Florida to Port-au-Prince has been established to deliver aid and supplies, allowing for the delivery of more than 2 million meals by next week.
A 14-person medical team continues to provide care to hundreds, suturing wounds and treating broken bones. At the Army’s orphanage, two doctors and a nurse were able to administer formula and oral electrolyte solution to dozens of orphans left with nothing following the earthquake.
Although severely suffering from the effects of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated much of Haiti a week ago, The Salvation Army in that country has been fully mobilized in reaching out to help others. The initial response has been aimed at helping people survive. This life-saving effort concentrates on getting food, water and shelter to as many people as possible and has involved more than 700 Salvation Army personnel from Haiti.
The local Salvation Army emergency response is being supported by international Salvation Army teams which have assisted in setting up staging areas in Kingston, Jamaica, and south Florida, USA, and arranging logistics on the ground in Port-au-Prince. The supply lines established have already helped deliver skilled disaster relief workers, medical teams and supplies to those who have been affected.
On January 19, a one-week supply of food was given to 6,000 families. This is just a drop in the bucket compared to the enormous population still awaiting food and water. One million prepared meals should arrive from the USA today.
At International Headquarters (IHQ) in London and in various countries throughout the Caribbean, as well as in the USA and Canada, The Salvation Army is working with corporate partners and vendors to send bulk food, quantities of pre-packaged meals, bottled water, tents, lanterns and other supplies, along with several 15,000-gallon water purification units and multiple mobile hospitals.
Once the emergency situation becomes stabilized, Salvation Army teams will be able to turn their attention to the long task of recovery and rebuilding. However, this will be some time in occurring as urgent life-saving needs require the full attention of all available Salvation Army emergency personnel.
The initial international Salvation Army assessment team arrived in Haiti on Friday 15 January and has worked with the Haitian government and the US military to gain clearance for relief flights to the airport in Port-au-Prince. In addition, the team is working with the local military, the Jamaica Defence Force and the United Nations to arrange transportation, security and delivery of supplies. Subsequently, teams from IHQ, Canada and the UK have assisted in preparing command and distribution centres.
On Sunday 17 January a 14-person Salvation Army medical team from the USA, including eight doctors, arrived in Port-au-Prince with medical supplies. This is the forerunner of a number of other teams that will be arriving from around the world.
Also on Sunday more than 1,000 people attended open-air church worship in Port-au-Prince. The territorial commander reports: ‘We had a great meeting in the school yard as we cannot use the hall which is badly damaged. Sixty people publicly responded to a call to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour.’
According to reports from Salvation Army staff in Port-au-Prince, no one in the main Salvation Army compound was injured during the earthquake, even though the Salvation Army children’s home, school, clinic and corps building (church) on the site suffered major damage. Several smaller buildings, including residences, have collapsed completely. The second compound that houses Salvation Army administrative offices is being used as an emergency operations centre as damage to it was slight. Some vehicles from Haiti Divisional Headquarters were damaged. Bethel Clinic, a Salvation Army hospital in Fond-des-Negres – 75 miles west of Port-au-Prince – reports some minor damage but no injuries.
Thousands of people have made their home in a large football field behind the Salvation Army compound. The emergency teams are concentrating much of their efforts towards these people. There have been several minor quakes in recent days – one measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale – and many buildings are still unsafe.
Colonel Onal Castor (Territorial Commander, Caribbean Territory), who is with the team in Haiti, reports that all Salvation Army officers – active and retired – are alive. He says, ‘We have been concerned for our cadets [studying at the territory’s training college in Kingston, Jamaica], most of whom are Haitian and desperately trying to make contact with their families. It seems that they have had no loss of lives in their families. We have lost several soldiers from Port-au-Prince Corps – among them Corps Sergeant-Major Mesguere Anglade, who was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the General during his recent visit to Haiti.’
Although The Salvation Army’s La Maison du Bonheur Children’s Home sustained damage it continues to care for 52 children and is preparing to receive 135 babies and small children from another orphanage in the countryside. Responding to a request posted on The Salvation Army’s Caribbean website, two members of the emergency team went into the countryside and found 30 infants under the age of five months holed up in the back of a tractor trailer with no food or water since the earthquake. The children are now being transported to Port-au-Prince for ongoing care.
Salvation Army teams have grave concerns for the countryside areas as Port-au-Prince is the hub for the whole country. Now that the supplies from this ’service centre’ have been disrupted it will be just a matter of time before fuel and food in the outlying areas runs out. Some Salvation Army centres have solar energy but most depend on diesel generators. The territorial commander has been promised the use of a helicopter to allow him and the divisional commander to visit locations outside the Port-au-Prince area that have also been badly damaged, including Petit Goave, Jacmel and Bellamie.
Please support The Salvation Army’s relief effort in Haiti. Financial contributions can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), by visiting our website, www.SalvationArmy.ca, by mailing donations to The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters, Canada and Bermuda, 2 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M4H 1P4, or dropping off financial donations at the closest Salvation Army unit in your area. Donors should specify their gift to the Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund.


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