Haiti 2010 earthquake response: seismic, geological and building hazards:
This draft for consultation proposes a plan of action following the January 12th 2010 Haiti earthquake with the following objectives: (i) to reduce the vulnerability of nearly 3.0 million people to identified life threatening hazards; (ii) to avoid major disruption to the economy; (iii) to avoid major disruption to and where possible assist the relief programme; and (iv)to inform and thereby influence the recovery planning process. Its purpose is to launch a programme of action to directly protect the population of Haiti and international visitors, the economy and the relief effort from ongoing major and life threatening seismic, geological and building hazards. It is also designed to inform decision makers engaged in the recovery and reconstruction process.
It is designed for rapid implementation and distribution and so is based on relatively limited information on some of the geological hazards. Nonetheless it is also based on a foundation of substantive recent fieldwork, national ownership and wide ranging international experience of postearthquake hazards and appropriate risk management plans. It also includes a range of measures designed to gain a better understand some hazards (such as hurricanes and landslides) and also to directly intervene to remove others.