Earthquake in Haiti: Top-Line Facts

The American Red Cross has spent or committed nearly $78 million to meet the most urgent needs of earthquake survivors.

To meet urgent needs, 71 percent of the funds spent or committed by the American Red Cross have been for food and water; 20 percent have been for shelter; and the rest are for health and family services.

  • Because of the generosity of donors, people in Haiti will receive more than immediate relief — they will receive resources, support and training from the Red Cross that will help them recover and rebuild in the years ahead.

The humanitarian aid pipeline is opening wider and logistical problems are getting smaller, but the needs in Haiti are still immense. Red Cross teams are on the ground assessing ways to not only meet the immediate needs but also provide long-term recovery assistance, such as restarting the local market economy and addressing housing needs.

  • 4 Red Cross warehouses (2 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and 2 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti) are open and operating at full capacity.
  • The Red Cross is now producing 1 million liters of water per day, enough for 185,000 people to receive 5.4 liters per person per day. In addition, Red Cross teams are working to scale up latrine construction.
  • To date, Red Cross distributions of food and relief items have reached nearly 20,000 families (or 100,000 people).
  • To date, more than 64 flights carrying Red Cross aid from around the world have arrived in Santo Domingo and Haiti.
  • The American Red Cross is in Haiti as a part of the broader and coordinated Red Cross and Red Crescent network. Read some more about how the American Red Cross responds to international disasters.

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