Quick Response Studies
A truck prepares to take supplies from a Miami warehouse to a boat awaiting deployment to Haiti
Instructions for Repatriates Arriving at Homestead Air Base Florida
Unloading of supplies at Hospital Buen Samaritano (Good Samaritan) in Jimani Dominican Republic.
Families of patients who are receiving medical treatment in Jimani Dominican Republic improvise their own housing arrangements
Humanitarian Response to Haiti Earthquake
Principal Investigators: Dr. Tricia Wachtendorf (with Jose Holguin-Veras (PI)
As part of an ongoing National Science Foundation grant to study emergency logistics and relief convergence after disasters, this quick response effort allowed researchers to collect valuable data on the catastrophic earthquake and begin to understand some of the complexities of the international involvement.
Wachtendorf, spent eight days in the Miami, Florida area where her work focused on formal and informal relief efforts. She was also able to observe repatriates processed through Miami airport as well as learn about the organizations involved in this effort to assist tens of thousands of Haitian Americans as they attempt to leave Haiti for the United States. Many planes that were leaving Florida with relief supplies were subsequently returning with evacuees. Other repatriates returned to the United States on commercial air carriers or private planes. Some were Americans who were visiting family, vacationing, or working in Haiti; others were Haitian Americans who resided in Haiti and were now coming to stay with relatives.
The quick response team also included Jenniffer Santos-Hernández, a doctoral candidate in sociology and research assistant at the Disaster Research Center. Santos-Hernández, is originally from Puerto Rico and has conducted research on development and social vulnerability to disasters in the Caribbean for several years. She traveled to the Dominican Republic in January to collect information about the role that country was playing in the relief provision.
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