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At the direction of President Biden, the United States Government rapidly mobilized to assist the Government of Haiti and the Haitian people after Saturday’s devastating earthquake. Hours after the earthquake struck, the President authorized an immediate U.S. response. The same day, USAID Administrator Ambassador Samantha Power, the President’s designated senior U.S. official coordinating response efforts, announced the deployment of a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).
The United States Government continues to monitor developments on the ground. Recent updates on response efforts are below:
Samantha Power @PowerUSAID Our search & rescue team in #Haiti is moving into the affected area to begin operations & join efforts by Haitians on the ground, and @USCG has started flying people to Port-au-Prince for treatment. We’re also tracking Tropical Depression #Grace & preparing for all scenarios.
USAID @USAID NEWS: @DeptofDefense @SOUTHCOM is sending 8 helicopters to transport USAID Haiti earthquake disaster team personnel & supplies to affected areas and provide aerial imaging in support of USAID’s response.
USAID @USAID HAITI UPDATE: the search and rescue team (@ffxfirerescue & @VATF1) has arrived in Haiti to help search for survivors. The team includes 65 people, 4 canines + 52K pounds of tools & equipment. They’ll be joining our USAID disaster response team already on the ground.
USAID DEPLOYS A DISASTER ASSISTANCE RESPONSE TEAM TO RESPOND TO HAITI EARTHQUAKE
For Immediate Release
Saturday, August 14, 2021
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