The January 12 earthquake in Haiti has resulted in a huge response effort involving our global, domestic, government, and non-government partners. CDC has already deployed staff to assist in the effort and anticipates many more will be working in Haiti over the coming months. You may also be actively engaged in the response, or may become involved over time. The health and safety of the Haitian people is the focus of the response efforts. In order for that to be achieved, relief workers and volunteers must also be protected from injury and illness.
CDC has updated several fact sheets that provide information healthcare providers and responders can utilize before, during and after an earthquake.
Please find attached the most up-to-date versions of the following documents:
- Guidance for Relief Workers and Others Traveling to Haiti for Earthquake Response
- Emergency Wound Management for Healthcare Professionals
- After an Earthquake: Management of Crush Injuries & Crush Syndrome
CDC’s Earthquake Webpage includes many other resources for responders, and is being updated frequently. We hope you will visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/
Additional resources and links to information for you and your colleagues are below. Please feel free to contact us at COCA@cdc.gov if you need additional information.
Additional Earthquake Resources for Clinicians
- Health Recommendations for Relief Workers Responding to Disasters
- Public Health Issues and Priorities for the Haiti Earthquake
- Travel Health Warning
- CDC Emergency Twitter account
Haiti Disaster Volunteering