Friday, September 3, 2021 Press Relations Office [email protected] In the three weeks since a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti, USAID and the US Department of Defense Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) have been working urgently to provide aid to reach the areas as quickly as possible. Today, because access to affected communities by land and sea has improved and civilian transport options, including UN air, road and barge services, have become available, we have jointly determined that US military assets are no longer required for airlift and logistics. support for the US government’s humanitarian response. USAID’s requests to JTF-Haiti to transport relief supplies and personnel to affected areas have steadily declined over the past week, and all outstanding requests have been completed by September 2. USAID will continue to lead the US response to the earthquake to provide food, shelter, health, and other emergency aid to hard-hit communities.
At the request of USAID, SOUTHCOM established a Joint Task Force (JTF) -Haiti on August 15 to provide the United States with military logistics and airlift capabilities to reach hard-to-reach affected areas. . The US Coast Guard also provided immediate support to US response efforts by transporting relief personnel to affected areas while evacuating injured patients to Port-au-Prince for medical treatment.
JTF-Haiti, including the Coast Guard, mobilized 19 helicopters, six ships and eight transport planes, as well as approximately 1,200 personnel, to support USAID’s response efforts. For 20 days in Haiti, JTF-Haiti provided aerial images of the damaged areas; carried out 671 missions to provide aid and response personnel; delivered nearly 600,000 pounds of humanitarian cargo, including food, water, medical equipment and other essential relief supplies; transported approximately 200 aid workers, including USAID disaster experts, to the affected area; and helped or rescued 477 people.
I would like to thank the Commander SOUTHCOM, U.S. Navy Admiral Craig Faller, the Commander of JTF-Haiti, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Keith Davids, and the Commander of the Coast Guard Seventh District, the Rear Admiral Brendan McPherson for their unwavering leadership, and all of the SOUTHCOM and Coast Guard teams for their tireless efforts to rapidly deploy and deliver aid to hard-to-reach areas in the critical early days of the l intervention before sufficient civil and commercial transport options are available.
USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) remains on the ground and continues to work tirelessly to provide Haitians with the help they need. This includes the release of additional food from pre-positioned USAID stocks, the provision of emergency medical kits to health facilities, and the deployment of nearly 900,000 additional pounds of relief items, including plastic sheeting. , shelter repair kits, blankets, buckets, water cans, hygiene kits, and kitchen sets — from the USAID warehouse in Miami to Port-au-Prince. USAID DART will continue to work with the Government of Haiti and our partners to ensure a smooth transition from operations supported by JTF-Haiti to those supported by Haitian authorities, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations. and commercial transport companies.
The number of civil organizations supporting earthquake response efforts in affected areas has also increased. As of September 1, according to the UN, more than 95 NGOs and international organizations are providing humanitarian aid and supporting relief operations in Haiti, including 68 in the Sud et des Nippes department and 28 in Grand Anse. These organizations reinforce the essential work of the many local organizations that have been supporting their communities since the earthquake.
USAID is also coordinating closely with the government of Haiti and international donors to assess the country’s greater needs after the earthquake. USAID strives to support the Haitian people in their efforts to build a Haiti that is more resilient to environmental, political and economic shocks and stresses; promotes more inclusive and locally driven economic growth; and promotes governance that is more responsive to the needs of citizens.