An Israeli delegation including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IDF Home Front Command and IDF Medical Corp Personnel departed this morning (11:30am Israeli time) to the Republic of Haiti in order to examine the possibilities of offering aid following the recent earthquake.
The delegation includes engineering, medical, logistics and rescue experts from the IDF Home Front Command.
The IDF Home Front Command is sending search and rescue forces to Haiti, in order to aid with the rescue of the victims of the earthquake in the Caribbean country. During the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Hispaniola Island near Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince. The Medical Officer of the IDF Home Front Command, Dr. Ariel Bar, informed Israel Army Radio that measures have already been taken in order to minimize the preparation period of the operation.
The Home Front Command constantly trains its search and rescue forces to respond accurately to emergencies. It frequently holds search and rescue exercises in cooperation with civilian Israeli bodies and international organisations. One such exercise, Reliant Mermaid X last August, saw Turkish, US and Israeli naval and aerial forces cooperating.
The Home Front Command and the Israeli Ministry of Health are also currently holding an international conference for emergency preparedness and response to share their experience with hundreds of international officials.
Rolene Marks, The Cheers News