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By Earl Bittner, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
Fort Liberte, Haiti (NNS) -- A celebration was held for the newly-constructed emergency operations center (EOC) and disaster readiness warehouse (DRW), June 5.
The new facilities, located within the Nord-Est Department of Haiti, were built as part of U.S. Southern Command's Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) in Haiti.
"The 4,000 square-foot EOC will provide a central hub for the local government to coordinate responses following catastrophic events and report vital information to the Haitian government for rapid decision making," said Lt. j.g. Blaine Henning, resident officer in charge of construction (ROICC), Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NAVFAC Southeast), Haiti.
"The 4,800 square-foot DRW should provide ample storage for items needed to respond immediately following a major disaster," said Henning. "The warehouse also creates a place for supplies to be redistributed from a central area outside of the Haitian capital to help alleviate major supply chain issues discovered following the 2010 earthquake."
Haitian President His Excellenacy Michel Martelly thanked the U.S. government for the newly-constructed emergency operations center (EOC) and disaster readiness warehouse (DRW).
During the ceremony, Daniel Basile, Haitian Minister of the Interior, signed the documents officially transferring the EOC and DRW from U.S. Southern Command oversight to the Government of Haiti. The two buildings will be managed and staffed by members of the local Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC), the equivalent of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Participants in the inauguration ceremony were His Excellency, Michel Martelly, the President of Haiti; Cmdr. Richter Tipton, senior defense official, U.S. Embassy; Daniel Basile, the Minister of the Interior; Hugo Charles, the delegue to the region; Guiteau Pierre, Fort Liberte mayor; and Madame Jean Baptiste, director of DPC.
Also in attendance were Lt. j.g. Blaine Henning, NAVFAC Southeast ROICC Haiti; Mr. Greg Marcellous, NAVFAC Southeast project construction manager, Sgt. 1st Class Roland Laforest, HAP program manager U.S. Southern Command and the local DPC volunteers.
The $1.4 Million EOC and DRW are part of 62 Humanitarian Assistance projects NAVFAC Southeast is administering the design and construction of for U.S. Southern Command on behalf of the Government of Haiti and the Haitian people. The $33M program is being executed, with ROICC Haiti oversight, through 20 contracts at 22 sites and will provide EOCs, DRWs, fire stations, medical clinics, community centers and schools for the Haitian people.