1 GENERAL OVERVIEW
The month of August in Haiti was marked by two storms passing by the country.
o On 04 August 2011, Tropical Storm “Emily” was located 90 km south of Port-au-Prince. The centre of the storm was expected to move across the south-western peninsula of Haiti later that day. The Government of Haiti closed all airports and landing sites in country. However, the storm passed Haiti along the southern coast and turned into a tropical depression in late afternoon.
o On 23 August 2011, Hurricane “Irene” was located 100 km off the northern coast of Haiti. Two days earlier, weather forecasts suggested that the centre of the storm would move across the Hispaniola Island. The Government of Haiti banned all flights to and from airports and landing sites in Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien, Port-de-Paix and Hinche. But the hurricane passed Haiti along the northern coast, en route Turks & Caicos, south-eastern Bahamas and the eastern coast of the USA.
o The Secrétariat Permanent pour la Gestion des Risques et des Désastres (SPGRD) issued a Red Alert for both events, advising extreme vigilance due to potential high winds, heavy rains, landslide and flooding. Preparedness activities were coordinated by Direction de la Protection Civile (DPC) and OCHA. Logistics Cluster representatives were present at the COUN, EJOINT and EJOC emergency centres, which were activated and in place on 03/04 and 22/23/24 August 2011 respectively.