Got this update in my Inbox from the Texas Department of Emergency Preparedness, as they prepare to deploy as many nurses and health care providers as they can to Haiti. (For some reason I’m on the list of potential deployees.)
Current: There are a total of 1,244 (no change) Department of Homeland Security personnel in Haiti. As of 24 Jan, the Government of Haiti has not suspended Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. The US Department of State (DOS) reports 2 SAR teams (Fairfax and Los Angeles County) are working at the Hotel Montana and there is a rapid response crew on standby. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports there have been 134 rescues (47 by US SAR) to date. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports, as of 1130 EST 24 Jan, 9,940 American Citizens (AMCITS) and 3,797 non-AMCITS have been evacuated. FEMA reports the commercial vessel AMERICAS arrived in the Dominican Republic and is off-loading 500,000 ready-to-eat meals (MREs), 290,000 liters of water, 13 containers of plastic sheeting, and medical supplies and the commercial vessel CRIMSON ACE is due in Haiti 25 Jan with an additional 980,000 MREs.
Future: US Agency for International Development reports Puerto Rico is sending a water purification device, expected to arrive in Haiti 25 Jan. The DHS National Operations Center will continue to monitor this event and publish the next Senior Leadership Briefing and Update Report at 0600 EST 25 Jan.
Other: DOS reports 1 confirmed US Government (USG) employee death, 3 confirmed USG family member deaths.
• Search and Rescue (SAR)
o Government of Haiti (GoH) has not suspended Search and Rescue operations.
o The Department of State (DOS) reports that 2 teams (Fairfax and Los Angeles) are working the Hotel Montana site and there is a rapid response crew on standby.
• Aid to Injured
o DOS reports USS COMFORT has 940 beds and all are occupied, treated 2800 patients, and performed 262 surgeries.
• Commodities Distribution
o JTF-Haiti reports a water purification device is expected to arrive 25 Jan. Local water tankers have restarted limited delivery of potable water supplies.
o US AID reports Puerto Rico is sending a barge with 88,000 tons of medical supplies and food.
o DOS reports there are no fuel shortages for operating relief entities.
• Debris Removal/Road Clearing
o No update.
• Port/Airport Status
o DOS reports Port-au-Prince (PAP) south pier is partially available.
o An MOU for seaport management (similar to the MOU for PAP airport) is in process with DOS.
o SOUTHCOM is working to finalize the airport slot system for prioritizing flights.
o SOUTHCOM reports Cap Haitian airport is available to take the civilian air traffic from PAP.
• Security/LE (law enforcement)
o DOS advises the situation is relatively calm with small unorganized outbreaks and police coverage is 40%-70%
o US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports, as of 1130 EST 24 Jan:
• 13,737 civilian passengers evacuated (9,940 AMCITS / 3,797 Non AMCITS).
o DOS is routing MEDIVAC requests through TF-1.
o USCIS is planning to process an additional 1,200 evacuees 24 Jan.
• Government of Haiti (GoH)
o An undisclosed number of banks are open.
• US Coast Guard (USCG)
o CGC LEGARE coordinated 30 MEDIVAC missions.
• US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
o CBP Baltimore Office received remains of 7 AMCITS.
o CBP has cleared a total of 690 evacuation flights.
• US Citizenship and Immigrations Services (CIS)
o 100 Orphans are scheduled for processing 24 Jan.
• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
o International SAR teams rescued 134 people, 47 of which were rescued by US teams.
• US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
o Convoy mission #7 scheduled for completion 24 Jan.
• National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
o NOAA reports generally sunny to partly cloudy conditions will prevail.
o 20% chance of showers in the afternoon Tuesday and Wednesday.
o High temp low 90’s and low temps in the mid to low-70’s throughout the period.
o Heat Index in the low 90’s.
• American Red Cross (ARC)
o ARC Senior VP for Disaster in PAP as Operations Liaison has deployed to International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC).
o Deployed 1 shelter expert and 2 delegates (supporting ARC Relief Emergency Response Unit) in Haiti.
• US Department of State (DOS)
o DOS reports the following:
• 1 confirmed US Government (USG) employee death.
• 3 confirmed USG employee family member deaths.
• 1 US Air Force Major missing at the Hotel Montana.
• 1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) member missing at the Hotel Montana.
• Department of Defense (DoD)
o The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the use of 2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) from Puerto Rico in PAP.
o The commercial vessel AMERICAS arrived in the Dominican Republic with 500,000 MREs, 290,000 liters of water, 13 containers of plastic sheeting, and medical supplies.
o The commercial vessel CRIMSON ACE is scheduled to arrive 25 Jan with 980,000 MREs.
• Department of Transportation (DOT)
o FAA reports the Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower is operational.
o 14 US flag vessels are actively engaged in Haiti relief and support efforts.
• US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
o Rotation of personnel is underway.
Critical Infrastructure Key Resources (CIKR)
• National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC)
o DOS reports 30 – 40 radio stations and six TV stations operational.
o National Communications System reports cell phones at 85%.