The Department of Defense (DoD) is wrapping up its two-week mission in Haiti. Service members were deployed to the storm ravaged nation following Hurricane Matthew’s landfall in early October.
Earlier this week, U.S. Southern Command commander Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd spoke about DoD’s response efforts during a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The day after the hurricane passed through, we were able to surge the U.S. military,” said Tidd, who went on to speak about the formation of Joint Task Force Matthew and the humanitarian aid provided by U.S. agencies and other foreign entities.
According to Tidd, as of Monday, over 250 metric tons of aid supplies were delivered to Haiti. These supplies included food, shelter material, and other necessities.
DoD efforts were coordinated with the U.S. Agency for International Development, who recently pledge an additional $12 million for Hurricane Matthew response and will continue to work in the area.
For more information on aid to Haiti, please follow the link below.
U.S. Military Concludes Haiti Post-Hurricane Humanitarian Effort, DoD News
USAID Announces $12 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Hurricane Matthew Response, USAID