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Strategic concept for Haiti National Logistics Disaster Management System Meeting in Miami, Florida December 6 and 7, 2005

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Strategic concept for Haiti National Logistics Disaster Management System
Meeting in Miami, Florida
December 6 and 7, 2005
Participants:
  • Aldy Castor MD, Technical Support Group (TSG) Disaster Preparedness Advisor, Haiti Prime Minister Office, President of Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF)
  • Eric Williams, President, Ground.Ocean.Air.Logistics. (GOAL)
  • Teo A. Babun, Acting Executive Director, Americas Relief Team
  • Tim Callaghan, Regional Director Latin America and Caribbean, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
  • Mike Pilvert, Governor Bush’s Office
  • Alta Jean-Baptiste, Director, Protection Civile (DPC) in Haiti
  • Roosevelt Compère, Coordinator for disaster prevention, Protection Civile (DPC) in Haiti
  • Abel Nazaire, Coordinator du Secretariat Permanent de la Gestion des Risques et Désastres, Protection Civile (DPC) in Haiti
  • Rebecca Reichert, Director of development, Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA)
  • Jeremy Haslam, Emergency and Post Conflict Officer, International Office for Migrations (IOM)
  • Josephine Legros, Public relations Officer, Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF)
  • Geraldine Lienart, General coordinator, Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF)
  • Clovis Salomon, supporter,Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF)
  • Christine Herridge, Pan American Development Foundation (PADF)
  • Jeremy Collymore, Coordinator of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Relief Agency (CDERA)

This meeting was organized by the Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF) to review and possibly finalize a strategic concept for the management of a National Logistics Disaster System in Haiti. This system will provide the Direction of the Protection Civile the capacity to provide quick and sustainable response to disasters. This initiative is also in line with the recommendations of Governor Bush’s Advisory Commission on Haiti.

A. The following problems were identified:

  • DPC, as the leading and coordinating agency for Disaster Preparedness in Haiti, is not as effective as it should be, because of lack of assets, resources, personnel and equipments, and legal framework.
  • The international community often times mobilizes responses without any coordination that includes the DPC.
  • Too many agencies, without a strategic plan, are directing the DPC efforts, and conducting the same type of projects (duplication)
The Direction of Protection Civile, the national agency responsible for the coordination of disaster response in Haiti, as of today, in case of a medium size disaster is not recognized as the focal point for determining the execution of disaster relief efforts being conducted in the country.

B. Proposed logistical solutions

Direction of the Protection Civile: the Central Point of Contact for Relief Aid in Haiti

  • The Direction of the Protection Civile, the national agency responsible for the coordination of disaster response in Haiti, should be the focal point for determining the execution of disaster relief efforts being conducted in the country.
  • The Conseil des Ministres needs to approve as soon as possible the legislation on the National Prevention and Management of Disasters and elevated the Direction de la Protection Civile (DPC) to the Direction General de la Protection Civile (DGPC) or better to a Secrétairie d’Etat level.
  • A strategic concept that allows the integration of all initiatives is needed for project development and the growth of the DGPC as the National coordinating agency for disaster response.
  • The DPC needs to request an assessment from independent agency such as FEMA or the Florida Emergency Management to identify the gaps in the system in order to improve Haiti’s response capabilities to disaster.
  • The projects should show a clear natural progression towards capacity building and infrastructure creation and development.
  • Jeremy Haslam suggested that Haiti emphasized the needs for an overall strategy and a logistic plan for the coordination of assistance relief programs.
  • Tim Callaghan from USAID/ OFDA LAC suggested organizing a meeting before the next hurricane season to bring together all involved agencies to ensure a better coordination and implementation between them and the DPC.
  • There is a need for a proposal to organize all the initiatives and projects into a consolidated and updated plan of action. DPC is advised to integrate the DGPC as a regional partner with the countries of the Americas, especially with the Caribbean countries through CDERA, the Central American countries, and the State of Florida.
  • Jeremy Collymore from CDERA suggested that Haiti should start the process to join CDERA as a regional partner. Protection Civile with the support of HRDF will initiate this process by next weeks.
  • Additionally, there is a need to create a logistic emergency response manual to address the protocols, operating procedures, and specific responsibilities in the Haitian National Relief Program.  Some of the areas to be addressed include:
    • Plan of coordination of actions for International NGOs
    • Protocols for logistics from the US. to Haiti
    • Customs and Security system
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The Haitian Resource Development Foundation prioritizes programs that enable and empower various Haitian locales to further personal and collective independence. Engaging in a range of programs over 20 years, the HRDF continues a commitment to providing measurable results for program beneficiaries and program benefactors. Working with multiple international partners from North America and Europe, the HRDF is committed to fundamental improvements in Haitian villages to ensure greater economic vitality in the near future.