Scouts in Haiti mobilise support in response to Hurricane Sandy
On 25 October 2012, after Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti, the Emergency Units of Scouts d’Haïti got mobilised in response to the natural disaster. In the town of Damien, north of Port au Prince, hundreds of temporary houses and shelters have been flooded due to the rise of river levels. The local Emergency Unit immediately came to the rescue of the population and helped evacuate families and clean up houses.
Scouts are well integrated into this underprivileged community where temporary shelters had been set up to accommodate the victims of the 2010 earthquake. Scouts d’Haïti had launched their social and vocational reintegration programme within the community and had opened a Scout community centre on 12 October 2012. The Rover Scouts from the Scout Group recently trained in this community centre joined the members of the Emergency Unit to help the villagers who had been flooded.
The Emergency Units of Scouts d’Haïti consist of teams of 40 to 50 Rover Scouts and leaders trained in first aid, lifesaving, rescue evacuation, fire fighting, and psychological and social support. There are 16 Emergency Units spread across the country. Scouts in Haiti are properly equipped and are always ready to act in case of natural disaster. The latest toll from Hurricane Sandy reported 52 deaths, 20 missing and 18,000 disaster-stricken families in Haiti.