USAID Haiti Earthquake Fact Sheet 4


  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah visited Haiti on January 16 to personally convey support to the people of Haiti and meet with Haitian President Rene Preval, other Government of Haiti (GoH) officials, and the U.S. government (USG) field relief team.

  • As of 1500 hours local time on January 16, U.S. urban search and rescue (USAR) teams—working in concert with other international teams—had rescued 22 individuals from collapsed buildings, according to the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART).

  • On January 15 and 16, two additional USAR teams arrived in Haiti—from Virginia Beach and New York, respectively—bringing the total number of U.S. teams to seven and the total number of U.S. USAR members to 506.

  • Early on January 16, three USAID/OFDA water treatment units arrived in Haiti on DoD C-130 aircraft.  The units have a combined capacity for providing 300,000 liters of safe drinking water each day.  USAID/OFDA is arranging a second flight carrying an additional water treatment unit, as well as kitchen and hygiene sets for distribution to affected families.

  • On January 16, USAID/OFDA announced the provision of $550,000 to USAID/Dominican Republic (USAID/DR) for the procurement and delivery of safe drinking water to earthquake-affected populations.

  • As of January 16, two of five U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) had commenced field hospital operations.  A third DMAT team, a Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), and an International Medical Surgical Response Team (IMSuRT) also arrived on January 15.

  • The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has authorized $20 million in overseas humanitarian and disaster assistance appropriations in support of the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

  • On January 15, the USS CARL VINSON delivered more than 30 pallets of relief supplies for transport by helicopter to distribution sites and affected areas.

  • Approximately 5,000 U.S. troops, afloat and onshore, are currently supporting U.S. relief operations in Haiti.

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Real Medicine is coordinating an immediate disaster relief response to aid the people of Haiti as well as preparing a long-term strategy to support their recovery from this devastating series of earthquakes. Your support will help us work with partners within Haiti to provide emergency medical care, food and water in the short term and support efforts for the longer term rebuilding process.

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