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Preliminary Report: Haiti Earthquake Relief Mission

January 21, 2010 - Following the aftermath of the 7.0M earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, MCEER and the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG) worked together to recruit, coordinate and dispatch a relief team of French-speaking structural engineers to evaluate the structural stability of hospitals and other crucial infrastructure in the earthquake-stricken region.

The team’s first priority was to evaluate hospitals and food/aid storage units in the Port-au-Prince region. Other high priority structures included government buildings, United Nations buildings, embassies, and NGO headquarters. The engineers evaluated these buildings following procedures developed by the Applied Technology Council (ATC) for the post-earthquake safety evaluation of buildings.

The group left the U.S. on January 21, and returned on January 28, 2010. Structural engineering experts included Andre Filiatrault (MCEER, University at Buffalo), Reginald DesRoches (Georgia Institute of Technology), Caroline Zennie (Parsons Corporation), Scott DeHollander (MRB Group), Wassim Ghannoum (University of Texas), and Eddy Germain (New Jersey Department of Transportation). AIDG volunteers are Dan Gregory, Gabrielle Rigaud, Antoine Berret, Jean-Philippe Simon and Vladimir Charles.

AIDG is a non-profit organization that helps people in developing countries obtain environmentally sound and affordable access to energy, sanitation and clean water.

Read a companion article published by the University at Buffalo News Center on MCEER's participation in relief efforts.

Banner Photo Credits, From Left: UN Photo/Marco Dormino, UN Photo/Logan Abassi, U.S. Navy/ Joshua Lee Kelsey, Public Domain/Mike8411251995, UN/Marco Dormino.