Highlights

 

  • As part of the preparedness measures for the hurricane season, since 21 June, a chartered 1,500 MT barge provides a viable alternative to road transport for the humanitarian response programmes. In case of road failure, access to affected areas will be possible via sea to northern and southern coastal areas.
  • 2 UNHAS aircraft, LET 410 (19-seater) and Cessna Caravan (12-seater), are available for humanitarian passenger transport capacity. The former, with a cargo capacity of 1.7 mt, operates between Port-au-Prince and can be utilised for medical evacuations, whilst the latter serves locations within Haiti.

 

Weather

 

  • With early weather forecasts predicting a much busier hurricane season (June 1 to November 30) than  last year, and  following the earthquake in January this year, which claimed the lives of around 230,000 and displaced approximately one million people, the country is now even more vulnerable to   natural disasters . 
  • With the beginning of the rainy season the possibility of significant flooding in low lying areas with inadequate drainage systems and Mudslides are also very probable.

 

Security

 

  • Haiti continues  in UN Security PHASE 3. The security situation in Haiti is largely stable, but the country continues to suffer from persistent criminal activity, particularly in volatile areas such as Cité Soleil and Martissant. 

 

Logistics Coordination

 

 

Transportation

 

Road 

  • During the last 30 days the Logistics Cluster common cargo movement service has transported  more 1,140mt ex Port-au-Prince to a variety of destinations,  85% via land and 15% by air. For more details see the Transport Dashboard: http://www.logcluster.org/ops/hti10a/deliveries-overview .
  • 25 Organizations have used the Cluster transportation services this month, for a total of 99 users since the beginning of the emergency operations.

Sea

  • Since 21 June a 1,500 mt barge, chartered for an initial period of three months, provides a viable alternative to road transport for the humanitarian response programmes. In case of road failure, access to affected areas will be possible via sea to northern and southern coastal areas. The barge is planned to perform a northbound voyage from Port-au-Prince calling at St Marc, Gonaives, Port de Paix and Cap Haitien. The southbound voyage from Port-au-Prince would call at Miragoane, Jeremie, Les Cayes and Jacmel.  For more info please refer to http://www.logcluster.org/ops/hti10a/snapshot-costal-service/view
  • The barge was loaded on 30 June 2010 at Caucedo port in Santo Domingo for its second voyage to Port-au-Prince (ETA 05 July 2010). It is carrying 40 containers of rice for WFP and 5 containers which include Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) for Logistics Cluster inter-agency use.

Air

  •  UNHAS assets: 
      • 1xMi-171 helicopter  with a 3MT capacity  can deliver to inaccessible areas
      • 1 aircraft, LET 410, 19-seater, is available since 25 June 2010 for humanitarian passenger transport capacity and operates between Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo. It can also carry 1.7 mt of cargo and can be utilised for medical evacuations
      • 1 aircraft, Cessna Caravan (12-seater) has been based in Port-au-Prince since 13 June 2010 and now serves locations within Haiti
      • 6 organizations have used the air cargo services in June (4 NGOs and 2 UN). 65.6 mt of relief items have been dispatched to 13 different locations.
      • 918 passenger, from more than 120 organisations have used the UNHAS passenger transport service during the month of June.

Hubs - Infrastructure and Storage

 

  • The Logistics Cluster has temporary storage facilities available in Port-au-Prince:
      • WH 1  & 2 - managed by Handicap International/Atlas Logistique(HIAL) 
        • WH 1, with a capacity of 2,184m2 and located behind the US embassy, however the facility closed on 30 June 2010.
        • WH 2, with a capacity of 3,000m2, is currently in use at approximately 40% of capacity.
  • The Logistics Cluster has longer term storage outside Port-au-Prince, on the road to the Jimani border crossing:
      • WH3 - a self managed,  2 hectares of warehouse/transit hub is operational as a site for organisations to set up and manage their own MSUsAs of 30 June 2010, there are 17 MSUs with a capacity of more than 4,560m2 for inter-agency use.
  • 21 TSRs approved this month from 8 different organizations; a total of 38 organizations have used the Logistics Cluster facilities for storage since the beginning of operations.

Border Crossing and Customs

 

  • The Ministry of Finance waiver granted at the onset of the emergency, in order to streamline the humanitarian aid import, has been extended until the end of June. The waiver, only valid for Logistics Cluster cargo still pending in Dominican Republic, allowed all Logistics Cluster cargo trucks to successfully cross into Haiti. Information and advisory services will continue to be provided after June.

 

Vehicle allocations

 
  • Clinton Foundation: 
      • The results of the “Allocation Committee Meeting” for the second and third batches of Clinton vehicles are as follows:  12 vehicles will be given to the government, 8 to UN agencies and 30 to NGOs. All partners have been informed whether their application was successful.
      • A new batch of 20 Light Diesel Trucks is in the process of being allocated. The last day for receiving applications has been set for 13 July 2010.
  • WFP: 
      • WFP is donating 5 MACK Dump Trucks to humanitarian partners who require heavy duty transport means.  Applications are now closed and the allocation committee will meet on Friday 2 July to deliberate.

 

 

Civil Military Coordination

 

  • The Logistics Cluster is part of the Joint Operations Tasking Centre (JOTC) alongside representatives of MINUSTAH, the US Military, the Canadian Military and OCHA  which was established to optimize the use of military assets in support of the humanitarian operation. The Joint Operations and Tasking Centre (JOTC) will continue to support humanitarian operations.  To date, 895 requests for support have been received and 598 completed. 
  • Logistics Cluster participated to the 2010 Interagency Logistics Symposium from 9 to 11 June, at Scott Air Force Base (St. Louis). This year's themes were "Haiti Earthquake Response Challenges/Successes, and Supply Chain Modeling and Simulation." In addition to presentations and discussions with senior leaders from The US Department of Defense , other US Federal Agencies, Academia, Non-Governmental and Inter-Governmental Organizations, and Public and Private Sectors, this Symposium introduced a new training tool called Small Group Scenario Trainer (SGST).
  • On 26 June, representatives from OCHA, Civil Affairs, WFP and JOTC convened for an initial meeting to plan and coordinate a series of table-top exercises. The objective of the exercises is to test lines of information sharing, decision triggers for the activation of regional and national operational centers, definition of roles and responsibilities of the various actors involved in the emergency response. 
  • A working group met on 30 June (Military planners, OCHA, WFP, USAID, Civil Affairs, JOTC) to refine the elements of the exercise. Participants were asked to provide scenarios or  "problems" based on the different stages of the disaster scenario. The inputs from these  "problems" will be injected during the simulation exercise. 
  • On 30 June a briefing on humanitarian-military coordination in the Haiti Earthquake Operation was organized by OCHA for the MINUSTAH's Integrated Mission Training Center (IMTC). Logistics Cluster was invited to give an overview of Logistics Cluster's activities, achievements and challenges.

 

Emergency preparedness

 

  • As part of the hurricane preparedness strategy, the Logistics Cluster is part of the Inter-Cluster working group on emergency preparedness together with OCHA, Food Cluster and IOM. The Logistics CLuster is also part of the Incident Response Team (CIRT), a partnership between OCHA, MINUSTAH, IOM, IMC created to provide 24 hour rapid response.
  • A Logistics Cluster workshop, focusing on emergency preparedness for the hurricane season, took place on 18 June 2010 in Port-au-Prince. Logistics Cluster participants presented their strategy and logistics assets information, as well as their regional presence. This information will help to further indentify and fill logistics gaps.

 

GIS - Roads Status Monitoring (RSM) and Logistics Infrastructure mapping

 

  • Geo-referenced aerial photography is being overlaid on Maps.
  • Warehouse asset maps have been prepared as a preparedness measure. 
      • Latest updated maps include:
          • Planned and Operational Warehouse Assets
          • Haiti- Road Condition Map
          • Nippes Department - Potential Access Restrictions 
          • Road Conditions to and from Gonaives
          • UNHAS Flight Schedule

 

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