U.S. gives Haiti equipment to respond to disasters

Haiti’s Civil Protection network received a substantial boost with the presentation of SUVs, trucks, boats, canoes, 11,000 solar radios, tents and other disaster-response equipment presented as gifts to the government of Haiti by the U.S. Department of Defense.

In a ceremony held Thursday at the Directorate of Civil Protection in Haiti in Port Au Prince, Kenneth Merten, the U.S. ambassador, signed over the equipment to Thierry Mayard-Paul, Haiti’s minister of the interior.

The timing of this event coincides with the second anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake that destroyed much of the nation’s infrastructure. The equipment provided by the U.S. will help reinforce his ministry’s comprehensive disaster preparedness strategy, which includes building a network of emergency operations centers, warehouses, disaster and fire stations throughout Haiti in order to help make all parts of the country safer.

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