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Haiti Earthquake August 2021

14 August 2021
| Earthquake


Situation Overview

At 8:30am (GMT-4) on 14 August, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked southwestern Haiti just 12km northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud, about 125 kilometers west of the capital Port-au-Prince. While preliminary assessments are still in their very early stages, the Haitian Civil Protection General Directorate reports more than 700 collapsed buildings, including hospitals, schools and churches, and 3,778 destroyed homes in the provinces of Nippes and Grand’Anse. Thousands of injuries and deaths have been reported, and these figures are likely to increase significantly in the coming hours and days as more are still missing. Significant humanitarian access constraints, a fragile security situation and a fast-approaching tropical storm add an extra layer of complexity to humanitarian response efforts in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBi Member Network Overview: Haiti

AGERCA in action

The Alliance for Risk Management and Business Continuity (AGERCA) was created in 2008 as a mechanism for the Haitian private sector to support the national system for risk and disaster management. AGERCA was initially part of the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti and then the Association of Industries of Haiti but has since become an independent non-governmental organization with its own staff and Board of Directors.

As a member of the national emergency operations center, AGERCA is participating in national emergency coordination meetings. They support the General Directorate of Civil Protection in coordinating the response of the private sector, civil society and Haitian diaspora. On 14 August, following a request from the Haitian government, AGERCA provided phone credits to support information management and coordination. AGERCA also immediately started to map local private sector resources and capacities that can be mobilized to support disaster relief in cooperation with its members. In addition to financial contributions, AGERCA member companies and partners have already made in-kind donations of critical items including thousands of gallons potable water, clothes, solar-powered refrigerators, etc. AGERCA is also posting regular situation reports and has deployed a staff member to the south of Haiti to support the earthquake response in the most affected communities. Going forward, AGERCA will continue to coordinate the private sector and civil society response in Haiti.

For more information, please view the press release.

For up-to-date information about the current situation in Haiti, please visit AGERCA on Twitter.

To learn more about AGERCA and how the private sector can help in Haiti, please contact Tiina Mylly, CBi Secretariat:

UN Business Guide: Haiti Earthquake

Disaster in a Crisis Zone:

Understanding the Impact of Haiti’s Earthquake Webinar

The webinar examined the 2021 earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace in the context of the existing disparities and social disruption in the country. It was co-sponsored by Giving Compass, Council on Foundations, Philanthropy New York, Alliance Magazine and National VOAD.

Coordination Call on Haiti Earthquake and Disasters in the U.S.

A coordination call was organized on Wednesday, August 18 to hear from government and multilateral, as well as business and nonprofit partners responding to the earthquake (first half of the call) and domestic events in the U.S (second half of the call).The current needs on the ground and how companies can support response and relief efforts were also discussed at the call. 

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