BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Note: The last fact sheet was dated January 14, 2010.
- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced plans to visit Haiti on January 16 to meet with Government of Haiti officials and the U.S. government (USG) field relief team and personally convey support to the people of Haiti.
- Two additional disaster relief specialists have deployed to join the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART) in Haiti, bringing the team to 15 members. The USAID/DART continues to assess priority humanitarian needs, and develop a strategy for coordinating the arrival and delivery of emergency relief supplies. The USAID/DART also continues to liaise with U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination team and international donors regarding coordination of assistance efforts.
- Two USAID/OFDA-funded C-130 aircraft are carrying emergency relief supplies from the USAID/OFDA Miami warehouse to Port-au-Prince. Commodities include 2,800 hygiene kits, 6,000 ten-liter water containers, 480 kitchen sets, and two mobile water treatment units. The USAID/DART is receiving additional commodities on multiple daily flights from USAID/OFDA stockpiles in the U.S.
- On January 15, the U.N. issued a flash appeal requesting approximately $562 million to support populations affected by the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. The appeal prioritizes food aid, health, logistics, nutrition, shelter and settlements, and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions, as well as emergency recovery activities.
- As of 1600 hours local time, U.S. urban search and rescue (USAR) personnel had rescued or assisted in rescuing eleven individuals trapped under rubble.
Two heavy USAR teams, comprising 160 rescue personnel and eight rescue canines from the Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue Department and the New York City Fire and Police departments, are expected to arrive in Haiti on January 15.