President Barack Obama makes remarks about the devastation caused by an earthquake in Haiti as Vice President Joe Biden listens at the White House in Washington January 13, 2010.REUTERS/Jim Young
In this Jan. 12, 2010 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson departs from the Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. The USS Carl Vinson is expected to arrive off the coast of Haiti Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 as part of a larger international effort overseen by the United Nations, whose peacekeeping operation headquarters was destroyed in the quake.(AP Photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Rafael Martie, U.S. Navy)
President Obama spent no time in ordering relief assets to Haiti for the survivors and help in search and rescue efforts. Over the next 72 hours is a critical moment after the earthquakes to get to anyone alive under the widespread rubble. U.S. assets include an aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson to help with air and communications. Also, a hospital ship has been requested the USS Comfort to help with injured.
Many of the dead, missing, and injured include U.N. workers and missionaries from other countries. Reports from Haiti convey a grim possibility that the dead could be in the 10’s or 100’s of thousands. Most of the buildings and structures in around Port-Au-Prince have collapsed.
Haiti needs moving equipment, water, medicines, shelters,and food. Moving equipment is almost nil in Haiti and the amount of destroyed structures will need heavy equipment to move rubble. Fairfax, VA SEARCH AND RESCUE IS IN ROUTE WITH 75 MEMBERS SOME OF THE BEST IN EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUERS IN THE WORLD.
Injured people sit along Delmas road the day after an earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Jorge Cruz)
A woman is comforted as she prays for the victims of an earthquake that hit Haiti at St Jerome’s Church in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York January 13, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi(UNITED STATES