As of January 15, a joint American and Haitian Red Cross team has been providing food, water and other supplies to people in emerging camps in Port-au-Prince. The team is also administering basic first aid with supplies provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross and helping transport those with serious injuries to nearby health facilities.
Two planes with Red Cross humanitarian assistance are scheduled to land in Port-au-Prince this afternoon, and three planes with additional supplies have landed in Santo Domingo. The Red Cross is now preparing to send additional relief supplies from the warehouse in Panama.
The Red Cross has now established a land bridge to effectively deliver relief supplies from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to Port-au-Prince. A Red Cross base camp has been set up near the airport in Port-au-Prince, and a second logistics Emergency Response Unit (ERU) has been established to receive and forward on supplies from Santo Domingo. The American Red Cross Relief ERU in Port-au-Prince is preparing to receive and distribute the supplies as they arrive in Haiti. The first distribution is scheduled for January 17.
Two additional American Red Cross delegates are en route to provide surge capacity in logistics: one specialist will support the Logistics ERU in Port-au-Prince and a second will support forward shipment of relief supplies from the Red Cross warehouse in Panama.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International Federation) has released a Revised Emergency Appeal for US $103.3 million to help meet the immediate needs of 300,000 people over the next three years. The American Red Cross has committed an initial US $5 million in support of this appeal.