Sunday, January 24, 2010


Florida-based disaster response teams continue to assist in the international response and recovery efforts of last week’s 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. Today is day 12 of emergency operations both on the island nation and the Sunshine State.

Response efforts by the state of Florida to date include:

On Friday, January 15, Governor Charlie Crist issued an Executive Order (#10-06) in response to the earthquake. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains operational at a Level 2 or partial activation.

To date, six U.S. urban search and rescue teams, including two South Florida teams with personnel from Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami, have rescued a total of 47 people from collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince. They are scheduled to return to Florida on Monday.

The State Emergency Response Team has established a Flight Following Cell at the State EOC to track incoming flights from Haiti to Florida. To date 474 flights with 12,716 passengers have returned to Florida airports.

Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) has provided services to 5,306 individuals coming from Haiti to the United States since January 13.

Volunteer Florida is currently coordinating and assisting 41 community and faith-based organizations that are on the ground or providing services in support of the survivors in Haiti. For a complete list of relief agencies working in Haiti that are taking donations, please visit

The Florida Department of Heath reports that 299 persons have been received at Florida hospitals, 234 have been received in South Florida and 65 have been received in Orlando. A 22-person State Medical Response Team has provided services to 15 persons in Homestead.

The Florida National Guard has sent 11 Haitian-Creole speaking guardsmen to serve as interpreters at Orlando-Sanford Airport. 11 interpreters, 2 supervisors.

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