US authorities efforts to help Haiti after 7.2 magnitude earthquake | Oakland Information now

On orders from President Biden, the United States government quickly mobilized to aid the Haiti government and the Haitian people in the aftermath of Saturday’s devastating earthquake. Hours after the earthquake, the president approved an immediate US response. On the same day, USAID administrator, Ambassador Samantha Power, the presidential-appointed senior US official coordinating response efforts, announced the deployment of a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).

The United States government continues to monitor developments on the ground. The most recent updates on the response efforts are listed below:

Samantha Power @PowerUSAID Our search and rescue team in #Haiti is moving to the affected area to begin operations and join efforts by local Haitians, and @USCG has started flying people to Port-au-Prince for treatment. We are also tracking the #Grace tropical depression and preparing for any scenarios.

USAID @USAID NEWS: @DeptofDefense @SOUTHCOM dispatches 8 helicopters to transport personnel and materials from the USAID Haiti Earthquake Disaster Team to affected areas and to provide aerial photography in support of USAID’s response.

USAID @USAID HAITI UPDATE: The search and rescue team (@ffxfirerescue & @ VATF1) has arrived in Haiti to help find survivors. The team consists of 65 people, 4 dogs + 52,000 pounds of tools and equipment. You will join our USAID Disaster Response Team on the ground.

Press release
For immediate publication
Saturday, August 14, 2021

Our thoughts are with the Haitian people in the aftermath of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck southwest Haiti today, causing widespread damage and destruction. USAID deploys a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to lead the US government’s response efforts.

This elite team, made up of disaster experts from USAID’s Humanitarian Aid Bureau, assess the damage, identify priority needs, and coordinate with humanitarian partners. The DART also coordinates with the US Embassy in Haiti as well as other US agencies in the region.

In addition to mobilizing the DART, USAID staff in the area and Washington, DC are closely monitoring the situation and any possible impact from Tropical Storm Grace, which is approaching Haiti.

The American people have a proud and generous history of providing aid in times of crisis. USAID remains committed to helping the people of Haiti during this difficult time.

Press release
For immediate publication
Sunday 15th August 2021

At the request of the Haitian government, USAID is today deploying a city search and rescue team to join the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) mobilized yesterday to lead the US government’s response to the Haiti earthquake.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s urban search and rescue team includes 65 first responders and 4 dogs who will join the search operations. The team uses 52,000 pounds of specialty tools and equipment – including hydraulic concrete breakers, saws, torches and drills, along with advanced medical equipment to help them conduct search and rescue operations. Five additional members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Service are deployed to provide technical assistance to the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team to assist with emergency management and coordination efforts.

The DART continues to conduct damage assessments and coordinate response efforts with the Haiti government, humanitarian partners and other US agencies.

Tropical Storm Grace is fast approaching and is expected to reach Haiti within 48 hours, potentially exposing people to further devastation within a few days. DART and USAID employees in the area and Washington DC are closely monitoring the storm.

Press release
For immediate publication
Monday, August 16, 2021

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has requested the unique capabilities of the US Department of Defense (DoD) Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to assist in USAID’s response to the earthquake in southwest Haiti on August 14, 2021.

The U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) has established a Joint Task Force-Haiti in support of the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which leads the U.S. government’s response efforts.

SOUTHCOM is offering air transportation to move USAID DART personnel and supplies to affected areas following the 7.2 magnitude quake that severely damaged key roads and bridges, making ground transportation difficult between Port au Prince and the affected areas. SOUTHCOM is sending eight helicopters, including three UH-60 Black Hawks, three CH-47 Chinooks and two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters. In addition, SOUTHCOM provides aerial photos to support damage assessment.

In addition, on August 16, 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard began moving DART personnel to affected areas to begin search and rescue operations by conducting ground surveys.

Press release
For immediate publication
Monday, August 16, 2021

Coast Guard flight crews continue to bring seriously injured Haitian citizens from the affected areas to Port au Prince, Haiti, for increased levels of care. Coast Guard cutters are stationed off the coast of Haiti to provide all possible assistance to our federal partners and the Haitian government. Our crews and assets will help save lives in the country while our help is needed. The Coast Guard will continue to coordinate with the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, USAID and U.S. Southern Command, Joint Task Force-Haiti, while additional resources are mobilized and increased to support the relief effort. If people want to volunteer and send donations, we encourage them to visit and coordinate with USAID volunteer and donation networks.

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