International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Tropical Storm Isaac: IRC teams in Haiti ready to respond with emergency relief

Tropical Storm Isaac as it moved across the Caribbean toward Haiti on Thursday (Photo: NASA)

As Tropical Storm Isaac bears down on Haiti, the International Rescue Committee is monitoring the situation and is ready to send teams already on the ground to assess damage and deliver emergency assistance to Haitians affected by the storm.

Isaac is expected to hit Haiti with gale-force winds and as much as a foot of rain when it makes landfall later today.

Among those in harm’s way are the 400,000 people still living in makeshift tent settlements nearly three years after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.  Many of these overcrowded camps sprang up in areas that were already prone to flooding and mudslides. 

“Even six inches of rain in Port-au-Prince is a calamity,” says IRC vice president Michael Kocher, who returned from a visit to IRC programs in Haiti on Thursday.

The IRC has readied emergency kits including tarps, flashlights, water containers, mosquito nets and other supplies to assist thousands of families. In coordination with the United Nations and our Haitian partners, we are also prepared to provide clean water, shore up sanitation systems, and ensure other lifesaving assistance to vulnerable Haitians. 

Our specialists are veteran first-responders who set up immediate and effective emergency programs around the world during violent conflicts and natural disasters, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The IRC continues to work in Haitian camps and neighborhoods that lack basic services, assisting quake survivors who are struggling to get by as their country slowly recovers and rebuilds.

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