Haiti braces itself for tropical storm Emily - IFRC


Haiti braces itself for tropical storm Emily

Published: 3 August 2011

Red Cross teams prepare for potential emergency

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), in support of the Haitian Red Cross, is activating its emergency plans in Haiti, with Tropical Storm Emily expected to cause heavy rains and potential landslides and flooding over the coming days*. Millions of Red Cross SMS have been sent country-wide to inform people of the impending storm and to advise people of simple steps to take to keep safe.

“Haiti faces threats of heavy rain and intense flooding over the next 48 hours which could have a devastating impact on the thousands of people still in camps, and the many more who are living in unsafe housing or flood prone areas” said Marcel Goyeneche, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, IFRC.

Red Cross emergency response teams are on standby throughout the country. The Red Cross also has pre-positioned emergency supplies to reach up to 125,000 people in vulnerable regions across the country including St. Marc, Gonaives, Cap Haitien, Fort Liberté, Jacmel, Léogâne, les Cayes, Jeremie, Hinche and Port de Paex.

“Community responders, trained by Red Cross teams, have been working over the last 24 hours to share life saving information and updates with their neighbours, including how to secure their homes” continued Goyeneche.

Radyo Kwa Wouj, the weekly Red Cross radio show, will also have an emergency broadcast on Wednesday 2nd August, focusing on providing advice on preparing for the storm and answering callers questions live on air.

Preparations for the 2011 hurricane season, led by the Haitian Government’s Civil Protection Department (DPC), have been ongoing across the country. Over the past year, Red Cross teams have been working with communities in camps and neighbourhoods to identify simple actions that can minimize the impact of storms or floods and help build local community resilience.  Red Cross activities include emergency first aid courses, training in early warning systems, projects such as digging ditches and disaster preparedness training in camps.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 mil¬lion people each year through its 186 member National Societies. Together, the IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. It does so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions. For more information, please visit www.ifrc.org. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

For more information, footage or to set up interviews, please contact:
In Haiti:
• Becky Webb, communications coordinator, IFRC
Mobile : +509 34919813 – E-mail : becky.webb@ifrc.org

*See www.nhc.noaa.gov – predictions are likely to develop over the coming hours and days. 


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