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Survive, Sustain, Reunite

January 14, 2010
***In a catastrophic event, focus on 3 things. You may be in shock. Do not be distracted by noise, confusion.
  

1. Survive: Stay Safe, Treat Wounds. Press this button to find hospitals, and First Aid locations within the affected area.


2. Sustain: Find Water, Food, and Shelter. Water is most important. Press this button to find Shelters and aid locations.


3. Reunite: Find Loved Ones Press this button to search the people finder tool and register yourself on the “safe” lists.

This website contains important information to help those impacted by a catastrophic event find the aid they need. A team of volunteers around the world are constantly updating this information so that you know where to go and whom to call when you begin the road to recovery.

Along the top are pages to help you find hospitals, and treat wounds, and see where shelter and other urgent aid material may be found. The right side of this screen shows additional links for those who would like more detailed information about areas most heavily impacted.

A catastrophic disaster is much different than other types of disasters. In any average disaster, people and property are severely impacted but recovery is relatively fast. Aid agencies are onsite or in contact with impacted persons within a few days. In a catastrophic disaster, hundreds of thousands or millions of people are impacted. The geography impacted may be hundreds of miles in diameter. In such a case, it may be weeks until aid reaches those affected.

The information you see here is easy to find, but the research behind knowing what to tell the public at this time of need and how to display it in any easy to read manner is the result of 11 years of analyzing, responding to, and learning from how the public reacts in times of widespread need in the United States (9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike).

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PDNA Post Disaster Needs Assessment Wed March 24, 2010 (Day 71)

The Post Disaster Needs Assessment report was published today and can be found here http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/SNAA-83U9LW/$File/full_report.pdf

This report was prepared by the Government of the Republic of Haiti, with the support of the international community. The report indicates the huge human impact.

About 1.5 million people, or 15% of the national population, have been directly affected.  More than 220,000 people have lost their lives and more than 300,000 have been injured.  About 1.3 million people are living in temporary shelters in the area of Por-au-Prince.  More than 500,000 people have left the devastated area to find shelter in the rest of the country, resulting in an exacerbation of the already existing problems in access to food and basic services.”

The report states that “In striking at the heart of the Haitian economy and administration, the earthquake has acutely affected human and institutional capabilities in the public and private sectors, including NGO and international technical and financial partners.”

“About 105,000 homes have been completely destroyed and more than 208,000 houses damaged. More than 1,300 educational institutions and more than 50 hospitals and health centers have collapsed or are unusable.”

OCHA Situation Report #23: Monday Feb 22, 2010 (Day41)

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

  • The Direction for Civil Protection (DCP) estimates that 222,517 people died following the 12 January earthquake, an increase of 5,000 people since the last estimate given a week ago.
  • The most urgent priorities for assistance continue to include shelter and sanitation.
  • There is also a critical need for rubble removal as well as for the identification of suitable land for the construction of transitional shelter. This is a major challenge for the decongestion of overcrowded sites.
  • The Ministry of Education has indicated that children in affected areas should resume school by early April.
  • The number of people who have left Port-au-Prince for outlying departments has increased to 597,801 people from the previous figure of 511,405. An estimated 160,000 persons have come from Port-au-Prince to the border area with the Dominican Republic.

FEMA: National Situation Update: Tues Feb 2, 2010 (Day21)

Response and Recovery in Haiti (7.0 Earthquake)

http://www.fema.gov/emergency/reports/2010/nat020210.shtmThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the lead U.S. Government (USG) office responsible for providing humanitarian assistance in response to international emergencies and disasters.

In support of the U.S. Department of State/Agency for International Development (USAID), the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been partnering with US DOD/USTRANSCOM to transport commodities to support Haiti, including more than 1.42 million meals.

Commodities that have been delivered to Rio Haina, Dominican Republic, and Port Au Prince, Haiti, to date, include roughly:

  • 1.42 million meal
  • 24,365 blankets
  • 767,164 liters of water
  • 94,709 comfort kits
  • 7,645 cots
  • 52,606 tarps
  • 463 rolls of plastic sheeting

JANUARY 21 (Year 0, Day 9)  

According to Fact sheet 9 of the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART), an estimated 500,000 people in Haiti have received assistance to date, including food assistance, water, and hygiene kits. Of the total, the USAID/DART reports that WFP has distributed assistance to 200,000 individuals, providing 3 million meals. At present, the GoH has highlighted the provision of family tents and assistance to areas outside Port-au-Prince as priorities for humanitarian efforts. The need however for providing aid is so much greater as shown below.

Jan21 OCHA Reports Haiti Earthquake Impacts to date
75,000 killed (GoH)
200,000 injured (GoH)
1,000,000 displaced (GoH)
2,000,000 in need of food assistance
3,000,000 affected

JANUARY 20

A 6.1 Aftershock struck near Jacmel at 6am this morning.  Twitter is having capacity issues today.  Bookmark this site so you can find it again later.  Search reported emergencies in #Haiti and add new incidents on  http://haiti.ushahidi.com be specific and detailed in your reports. Send email to  HelpHaitiHeal@Yahoo.com for other urgent needs during Twitter outages.

The Haiti Government has now devised eight zones for the distribution of humanitarian assistance. Each zone will receive direct support by a national minister to coordinate the relief effort. These include: 1) Petionville and Kenscoff; 2) Carrefour; 3) Gressier; 4) Petit Goave, Grand Goave and Leogane; 4) Tabarre; 5) Cabaret and Croix de Bouquets; 6) Delmar; 7) Jacmel; Port au Prince Municipality.

DISASTER PRIORITIES

#1  Survive – get to a safe place. Treat wounds.

#2 Find Water, Food, Shelter – Water is most important.

#3 Find Loved Ones

When a catastrophic event occurs like the earthquake in Haiti, you may be without the help of others for a long time – days or even weeks.  Keep your focus on the top 3 priorities.   Click on the links in this blog to find where help is being offered across Haiti.

Photo credit: Christopher L Mitchell

  1. weberdlee
    January 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Shortened url to the search list: http://bit.ly/5GJYHC

  2. Help Haiti Heal
    January 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    How to Clean Water

    Boiling is the best way to make water you can drink. Boil water for 1 minute fast boil.

    Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, or make ice.

    If you can’t boil water, you can treat water w/ chlorine tablets, iodine tablets, or unscented household chlorine. 2Clean water w/household chlorine bleach add 1/8 teaspoon (~0.75 milliliter [mL]) bleach per gallon water if water is clear

  3. January 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    US Embassy – US State Dept – If you are outside of Haiti trying to find people inside Haiti –

    For those trying to contact their U.S. citizen friends and relatives in #Haiti, please send inquiries to: Haiti-Earthquake@State.Gov

    The emergency hotline for family members of #UN staff in #Haiti is 212-963-4139.

    Information or inquiries about U.S. citizens in #Haiti, call 888-407-4747. Outside of the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444.

    Click Link for more information.

  4. January 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    US Embassy – US State Dept – If you are INSIDE Haiti

    Americans in #Haiti can call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672.

    Americans in #Haiti are urged to contact U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince via email at ACSPaP@state.gov to request assistance.

    Click Link for More info http://haiti.usembassy.gov/

  5. January 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    US Embassy – US State Dept – If you are American Inside Haiti.

    Americans in #Haiti are urged to contact U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince via email at ACSPaP@state.gov to request assistance.

    Americans in #Haiti can call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672.

    For more info click link http://haiti.usembassy.gov/

  6. January 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    First Aid
    How to Apply a Splint http://bit.ly/6Ty2YW

  7. January 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    First Aid
    Transporting victim – Homemade stretcher
    Wooden Door
    House Shutter
    Rolling Bed
    Table

    How to make a stretcher = click link for more http://tl.gd/3gt1i

  8. Help Haiti Heal
    January 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Online Websites to post & search missing in Haiti

    CNN = cnn.com/haitimissing

    Red Cross = https://disastersafe.redcross.org/safeandWellSearch.aspx

    Radio Teleginen = radioteleginenhaiti.com

    Twitter = Tweet last location and names of missing ppl using #relativesinhaiti #haiti

    The Extraordinaries = http://beextra.org/haiti

  9. January 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I blog I’m associated with, An Unofficial Coast Guard Blog, received a request from someone purporting to be in Haiti. The message was: {{QUOTE}} Have urgent need to move Shelterbox unit from PAP UN area (Contact Lasse Petersen) to Bon Repos orphanage. Have coordinates of 7 acre field near Bon Repos orphanage. Need is quite dire. Request aid from anyone who can give on behalf of the children. {{UNQUOTE}} Have you heard about this request? How does one vette these? Is there someone who is coordinating requests like these? We are seeking additional information about the request; once we know exactly what the request is, we’re hoping to get it to the planners so they can evaluate and hopefully provide assistance.

  10. January 22, 2010 at 5:46 am

    For anyone receiving requests and wanting to vett them, do they have a direct connection to the person reporting it?
    Name, contact number, address. Aid workers use these details to verify before teams are sent.

    There have been a number of hoaxes which have wasted life saving resources. Sending a team to the wrong location may cost others lifesaving assistance.

    Be careful about repeating an unverified story, be careful with the words you use, specify unverified if you are not sure.

    Some people do not mean to participate in these hoaxes, they are just trying to help. Be truthful when people ask questions, do not say you have spoken to someone or received a text if you did not do this yourself.

  11. January 22, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Scientaestubique, I shared your skepticism, but it turns out the request passed to me was legit. Since posting this comment, the information requesting assistance has been forwarded to USAID and UN personnel on the ground. See http://pastinson.posterous.com/request-for-assistance-from-ngo-orphanage-in

  12. January 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Email me this @awakeningaimee from Twitter. Happy to help with Haiti

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