3 Ways USAID is Responding to the Haiti Earthquake

The magnitude 7.2 earthquake left hundreds of thousands of people in need of assistance, according to the Government of Haiti. Photo credits: (Left) USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (Right) Emily Rasinski / USAID
Map credit: USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance

1. Immediately Deploying a USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team

USAID immediately deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to coordinate the United States response to the Haiti earthquake. Photo credits: Emily Rasinski / USAID
65 members of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue deployed as part of the USAID DART to search for earthquake survivors. Photo credits: Emily Rasinski / USAID
The USAID DART has been conducting disaster assessments with local Haitian officials and expanding relief efforts. Photo credits: Emily Rasinski / BHA
Local disaster experts are critical members of the USAID DART because they provide a knowledge about their local communities that is essential to our response. Photo credits: USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance

2. Working with U.S. Government Partners

U.S. Southern Command is providing airlift support to transport critical relief supplies and members of the DART to areas difficult to reach by road. Photo credits: (Left) U.S. Southern Command, (Right) Emily Rasinski / USAID
In addition to medevacing injured patients, the U.S. Coast Guard has supported USAID’s response by transporting members of our DART, as well as thousands of pounds of medical supplies to affected areas. Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard

3. Providing Relief Supplies

USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance supports partner IOM year-round to stockpile enough relief supplies in Haiti to be ready to help nearly 50,000 individuals, when needed. Photo credit: IOM

How You Can Help

The Center for International Disaster Information provides guidance on how to best help people affected by disasters. Graphic: CIDI

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