Haiti Earthquake August 2021 Updates

Read how Shelterbox is responding to the plight of those affected by the earthquake in Haiti and how your club could help


Firstly please do read this update from our own Shelterbox man Howard Matthews

Good Morning Rotarians of District 1110

Haiti – Earthquake Summary, See more detail below at end of email.

ShelterBox is preparing to send a team to the Caribbean, after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake and continuing aftershocks rocked Haiti. Now with Haiti in the path of Tropical Storm Grace, survivors of the earthquake could be hit by strong winds, driving rain, flooding and deadly mudslides.  

Early reports are that almost 3,000 homes have been destroyed and at least 5,400 more damaged – but search and rescue is the priority right now, so damage reports will soar in the coming days and weeks.  

The ShelterBox team will work with fellow humanitarians, including Rotary contacts within District 7020, to assess damage reports, understand from communities what they need, and work on the challenging logistics of delivering aid. Partnerships will be critical to us navigating logistical challenges and informing the way we work with hard-to-reach communities to provide the support they need and share skills for the future. 

 

Yours in Rotary,


Howard

Rtn Howard Matthews PHF (Christchurch)

ShelterBox Volunteer Speaker

District 1110

ShelterBox is sending a team to the Caribbean region, after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake and continuing aftershocks rocked Haiti. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Grace have made the need for emergency shelter even sharper.

Initially, the team will be based in neighbouring Dominican Republic. They will work with fellow humanitarians to assess damage reports, understand from communities what they need, and work on the challenging logistics of delivering aid to areas where buildings have been reduced to rubble.

This will be the first time a ShelterBox team has deployed since the coronavirus crisis severely restricted international travel in 2020.

As you'll already know, we have responded several times to Haiti, including in the aftermath of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. We will be using everything we’ve learned, and our close partnership with Rotary, to forge local connections and make sure the right emergency shelter reaches communities when they need it.

You may soon see a TV ad campaign and we've had some successes with press coverage. To further support we've set up a justgiving appeal to help raise funds for this response. We will keep you up to date with the appeal and the situation as it develops.

Now here's an update from Rtn Allan Smith RGB&I's Disaster Response Co-ordiantor

Disaster Bulletin No 2 -  August 2021

Haiti Earthquake
Immediate Response
Following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake amplified by the passing Tropical Storm Grace we have been liaising with ShelterBox, Water Survival Box and Aquabox. They are all considering their own response with Shelter Box responding twice, please see below the thrust of their response, 
Saturday 14ᵗʰ August
Western Haiti was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Saturday morning at 08.30 (local time). 
The Haitian prime minister has said it has caused 'enormous damage' and 29 fatalities have been reported so far, but this is expected to rise. The Government has declared a state of emergency for the whole of Haiti for one month, however the Prime Minister is waiting for damage reports before deciding whether to request international assistance. 
ShelterBox is working to understand the full extent of the damage, this includes finding out what the communities in Haiti will need to help them recover, and whether a ShelterBox response is viable. We are liaising with the District Governor and Disaster Management Committee of District 7020 along with other agencies in the region to understand the full extent of the damage. 
We think there will be significant need for emergency shelter, and we are preparing to respond if needed. We are currently working on plans for the logistical and access challenges of working in an area where buildings have been reduced to rubble. 
ShelterBox has significant experience working in the region, we have worked in Haiti five times. However, the country is extremely politically turbulent, and Saturday's earthquake comes amid a political crisis in the country following the assassination of its president last month.
If you would like to find out more or support ShelterBox as we prepare visit: 
https://www.shelterbox.org/where-we-work/haiti-earthquake-emergency/
Monday16th August
As you will see below we are preparing to send a team to the Caribbean region. The focus would initially be assessments - gathering the information that we can't currently access.

What we don't currently know:

•     Humanitarian needs and response - especially shelter gaps.

•     The extent of the damage is unknown but will likely be significant.

•     Logistics information including what impact the earthquake might have had on key infrastructure (e.g. airports, ports and roads)

Communities will want to recover/rebuild. It is important that we listen and respond in a way that supports these efforts. Partnerships will be critical to us navigating logistical challenges, but they also inform the way we work with hard-to-reach communities to provide the support they need and share skills for the future.

Rotary District 7020

We have received three updates and an Appeal to Rotary Clubs from Rotary District 7020. We have attached these three updates for your information and action.

We appeal to you to distribute this information to your clubs so that they can consider their response

Yours in Rotary and friendship, 

Rtn Allan Smith M.B.E. PHF 

RGB&I Disaster Response

Email allansmithjsy@outlook.com

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Monday16ᵗʰ August

As you will see below we are preparing to send a team to the Caribbean region. The focus would 

initially be assessments - gathering the information that we can't currently access.

What we don't currently know:


•     Humanitarian needs and response - especially shelter gaps.

•     The extent of the damage is unknown but will likely be significant.

•     Logistics information including what impact the earthquake might have had on key 

infrastructure (e.g. airports, ports and roads)


Communities will want to recover/rebuild. It is important that we listen and respond in a way that 

supports these efforts. Partnerships will be critical to us navigating logistical challenges,


 

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