Operation Unified Response - First 100 Days

Hospital Ship USNS Comfort – Relief Mission to Haiti –

Por Dialogo
abril 27, 2010

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 10-miles from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The devastation throughout the capital city and nearby areas was enormous. United Nations estimates indicate more than 220,000 people were killed, 300,000 injured, and 1.2 million displaced by the earthquake and its 59 aftershocks. Nearly 50-percent of the buildings in Port-au-Prince sustained significant damage and several nearby towns suffered far worse. The airport was inoperable and more than half of the seaport was left in ruins. The people of Haiti were cut-off from the outside world and were in desperate need of immediate help. On January 13, 2010, U.S. Southern Command immediately began deploying troops, aircraft and ships to Haiti in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which was the lead agency for the U.S. response. Joint Task Force-Haiti (JTFH) was soon established under the command of Lieutenant General Ken Keen and the military named its effort Operation Unified Response to indicate the collaborative nature of the mission. JTFH performed its mission by working closely with the Government of Haiti, United Nations, U.S. Government agencies, and non-government organizations. The following information is based upon the U.S. military’s efforts as of April 23, 2010: *Support of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief* Number of military personnel (peak level):................................22,268 Number of U.S. Navy ships:.......................................................................23 Number of U.S. Coast Guard ships:.........................................................10 Number of fixed-wing aircraft:..............................................................264 Number of helicopters:...............................................................................57 Liters of water distributed:..........................................................2,600,000 Humanitarian rations packages distributed: .......................2,900,000 Bulk food delivered (pounds): ....................................................17,000,000 Number of Meals-Ready-to-Eat delivered: ...............................2,700,000 Number of emergency radios distributed:..................................... 73,300 Hours of emergency radio broadcasts:.................................................. 660 Supported distribution of emergency shelter to 1,170,000 people. Supported 16 World Food Program distribution points. Supported development of two transitional camps and improvements in nine camps. *Logistical Assistance* Number of internally displaced persons (IDP) relocated from high flood risk areas:...........................................................................3,884 Number of DoD-coordinated flights into Haiti and neighboring Dominican Republic from January 12 to March 15, 2010:......3,989 Number of American citizens transported out of Haiti:..... 16,412 Air delivered relief (pounds):............................more than 36 million *Medical Assistance* U.S. government medical personnel in Haiti (peak level):.......1,100 Number of hospital beds provided (peak level):.........................1,400 Number of patients aboard all ships (peak level):...........................543 Pounds of medical supplies delivered:.......................................149,045 Number of surgeries performed by U.S. military:.......................1,025 Number of medical evacuations:...........................................................343 Number of patients treated by U.S. military:.................................9,758 *Engineering Assistance* Number of Haitian engineers trained:....................................160 City streets cleared of rubble (cubic yards):....................12,724 Number of structures assessed:..........................................25,522 *Seaport Flow:* Port re-opened on January 22, 2010 with U.S. Military assistance Number of ship containers off-loaded: 8,867 Twenty-foot Equivalent units (TEU) *Airport Flow Pre/Post-Earthquake:* • Pre-quake average was 20 flights per day • Post-quake peak capacity of 168 flights in one day *Airport Timeline:* January 13: U.S. Military re-opens airport at request of Government of Haiti and begins 24/7 operations February 18: Government of Haiti begins gradual assumption of air traffic control duties February 19: Commercial flights resume March 16: Government of Haiti resumes full air traffic control of airport _(Current as of 23 April 2010)_
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