Aid Starts To Arrive In Haiti
Thursday, January 14, 2010 5:23:41 AM
ORLANDO -- A Chinese jet has arrived in Haiti carrying aid and rescue help.
China says there are 10 tons of food aboard, plus search and rescue people with dogs. Other countries are also working to get help in. An American aircraft carrier arrives off Haiti this afternoon.
One Haitian senator estimated as many as 500,000 people could have died. For the country, with an estimated population of 10 million, the worst-case scenario could mean as many as 5 percent, or one in every 20 residents perished in the rubble.
found this posted on GLP
Remarks from former Secretary of Defense William S Cohen
DoD News Briefing
Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen
Monday, April 28, 1997 - 8:45 a.m. EDT
"Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves."
1/13/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is headed toward earthquake-devastated Haiti and is scheduled to arrive tomorrow to provide airlift support for the disaster-response mission, the commander of U.S. Southern Command reported Jan. 13. Meanwhile, Gen. Douglas Fraser said, SOUTHCOM officials are "seriously looking" at deploying a large-deck amphibious ship with a 2,000-member Marine expeditionary unit to provide disaster response and, if required, to help maintain security.
Several other Defense Department ships and Coast Guard vessels, from small ships to destroyers to cutters, also are headed toward Haiti, some with limited humanitarian assistance supplies and helicopters aboard. In addition, an 82nd Airborne Division brigade and "various forces around the armed forces" have been put on alert, ready to deploy if needed to support the effort, the general said. The actions are part of a "very robust effort" under way to ensure the military is ready to respond to requirements identified through ongoing assessments, General Fraser explained during news briefings Jan. 13 at the Pentagon and the State Department. "We don't know precisely what the situation is on the ground, so we are leaning forward to provide as much capability as quickly as we can to respond to whatever the need is when we get there," he said.
Meanwhile, the military is taking accountability of its own 64 troops assigned to Haiti. Most are part of the military liaison group there or support the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, General Fraser said. General Fraser is leading military support to the disaster response mission, being coordinated through the U.S. Agency for International Development and State Department's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. His deputy military commander, Lt. Gen. P.K. "Ken" Keen, was on the ground in Haiti when the earthquake struck, and is providing the initial on-the-ground military command. The initial thrust in the operation is on assessing the situation on the ground to determine what's needed and where, and to provide communications and command-and-control equipment needed to support relief efforts, General Fraser said.
Toward that end, SOUTHCOM is deploying a 30-person team to Haiti this afternoon to support U.S. relief efforts. Two Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft will deliver the team, made up of U.S. military engineers, operational planners, a command-and-control group and communication specialists. Once on the ground, they will work with U.S. Embassy personnel as well as Haitian, U.N. and international officials to assess the situation and facilitate follow-on U.S. military support. "From practice, we've found that the assessments are critical to making sure we get the right equipment in there and make the recovery efforts and the life-supporting efforts as efficient as possible," General Fraser explained. Meanwhile, the C-130s are transporting civilian search-and-rescue teams to Haiti, he said.
SOUTHCOM officials reported other immediate response activities: --A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter evacuated four critically injured U.S. Embassy staff to Naval Station Guantanamo, Cuba, hospital for further treatment earlier today; --Elements of the Air Force's 1st Special Operations Wing will arrive in Haiti this afternoon to provide air traffic control capability and airfield operations at the Port-au-Prince airport; and
--A Navy P-3 Orion aircraft took off from Comalapa, El Salvador, early this morning to conduct an aerial reconnaissance of the area affected by the earthquake. An important initial thrust is on getting communications and command-and-control assets into Haiti to support relief operations, General Fraser told reporters.
He noted that the U.N. mission's headquarters was severely damaged during the earthquake, with much of its communications equipment lost. As communications and other support goes to Port-au-Prince airport to restore it to full functioning, assessment teams will also evaluate the port facilities to determine if they are operational to receive incoming aid.
The USS Carl Vinson was on a training mission when it was ordered to Haiti to support the effort. It will transit through Mayport, Fla., to take on additional humanitarian support supplies and helicopters before arriving in Haiti later tomorrow, General Fraser said. The arrival of a yet-underdetermined amphibious ship, probably a couple of days after the Vinson, will provide a broader range of capability to move supplies around and provide lift capability to support the effort, he said.
While not ruling out a deployment of the hospital ship USS Comfort, General Fraser said the amphibious ship could provide much of the same medical capability. In the meantime, all available military assets remain on the table as a clearer picture begins to emerge about what's needed, the general said. "We're focused on the life-saving measures that we need to do there -- the assessment, the emergency response -- and then looking at what the humanitarian and disaster relief requirements are and providing international support to Haiti, to help them through this significant disaster," he said.
Israel will send a delegation to establish a field hospital in Haiti, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yossi Levy said Thursday.
The party sent to set up the hospital will include 40 doctors and 24 nurses, and is scheduled to leave Thursday evening. The hospital, capable of treating 500 patients, will include an intensive care unit, two operating rooms, a pharmacy, and an X-ray lab.
Search and rescue agents from the Homefront Command will also be included in the party.
Levy said a Home front Command delegation was currently making its way from the Dominican Republic to the quake-struck country.
a 220-member rescue team for departure to the disaster-stricken country, including an elite army corps engineers and a field hospital to assist the casualties.
The military has leased two Boeing 747s of the El Al airline company to transport the team and equipment.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340 ... 83,00.html
Obama asks Bush to help with Haiti relief: Official
Thu Jan 14, 9:09 am ET
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100114/pl ... 0114141443
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former US president George W. Bush will join former president Bill Clinton to help lead the US relief effort in response to the earthquake that devastated Haiti, an official close to Bush said Thursday.
Bush, President Barack Obama's predecessor, "will join president Clinton in helping with disaster relief" after the catastrophe, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.
The official announcement was expected to come from the White House.
The United States has launched a massive aid operation, including specialists, Coast Guard cutters, helicopters, transport planes and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, along with 2,000 Marines deployed.
The USNS Comfort, a floating military hospital and a team of doctors and medical supplies, was also readying to sail from the US East Coast to Haiti.
The White House declined to comment on the request to Bush and Clinton, but said that Obama would make a new statement on the unfolding US relief effort for Haiti later on Thursday.
Obama is due to speak from the Diplomatic Room of the White House at 10:05 am (1505 GMT).
On Wednesday, Obama ordered a "swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives," in Haiti following the murderous quake, as a massive US aid mission swung into action, using troops, naval forces, aircraft and rescue teams.
more photos here http://picasaweb.google.com/bloglatlong/Haiti#
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/ ... arthquake/
ok this is odd... these are google images..
yes........ ok.......... how many of you have used google to see your home?
ok how did they get so quickly updated photos after the earthquake..
I know parts of google map the photos are soooooooooooo out dated...
if you look up parts of Florida... you can still see blue tarps on the roofs from hurricane Wilma thats how out dated some of google map is..
and I know they can take satellite photos at any time..
Hmmm Rrrr hmm
never mind im rambling.....
slushpup wrote:If you remember it I would be interested in hearing it all..
btw slushup.... yah know my daughter had a dream about Haiti 'not earthquake related' but about Haiti
its in your thread here
Attention Earth People
maybe google pro is more updated something.doubt it though
it says 2008 on my google earth
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
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