WFP has prepositioned food in 35 vulnerable locations in Haiti. Copyrights: WFP/ Fabrice Recalt
As Haitians brace for the hurricane season, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has prepositioned life-saving supplies in 35 vulnerable locations to provide food assistance to 500,000 people for over a month. WFP is working in close collaboration with the Haitian Government and its partners in the country’s 10 departments to be ready to begin emergency food distributions immediately after the passage of a storm.
In addition to the food, trucks, fuel and temporary warehousing units have been deployed in remote areas and the WFP-led Logistics Cluster is ready to provide road, air and mapping assistance to the Government and the humanitarian community.
The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, also led by WFP is providing connectivity, computer and radio services to the Haitian Directorate for Civil Protection. The Cluster also offers secure telecommunications and emergency connectivity services to the entire humanitarian community.
Our experience working in Haiti for over forty years has taught us that the only way to reach people quickly if roads become impassable is to have food in place ahead of the hurricane season. Following heavy rains, several parts of Haiti are vulnerable to flooding and landslides.
In Port-au-Prince, more than a year and a half after the earthquake, at least 600,000 people are still living in camps. They are extremely vulnerable and if needed, WFP will be able to assist the population of the capital within hours after the passage of a storm.
WFP’s emergency preparedness in Haiti has been made possible by the generosity of its donors and WFP is counting on their support throughout the hurricane season and beyond to help Haitians rebuild their lives following the devastating 2010 earthquake.
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