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Long-term recovery in Haiti
The 2010 earthquake that shook Port-au-Prince, Haiti, did more than leave millions homeless, hungry, and in urgent need of medical care. It crippled critical communications lines needed to coordinate people and supplies pouring in from the international relief effort. HP jumped in to help rebuild that infrastructure.
HP Enterprise Services supports Operation Unified Response
The U.S. military called on HP for our information and communications technology (ICT) expertise. The Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) services were crucial to the success of Operation Unified Response—the joint U.S. military relief effort for earthquake victims in Haiti.
Within one week of the quake, HP Enterprise Services had given the necessary pro bono services to help the U.S. Navy set up and support operations at multiple sites from Fort Meade, Maryland, to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ICT solutions that HP provided included sophisticated technology to give sailors working in remote environments direct mobile access to the NMCI network. HP team members volunteered long hours and weekends and drove hundreds of miles to deliver equipment and supplies to people in need.
HP Enterprise Services contractors were also on the ground in Haiti supporting American Airlines' commercial operations. The team brought equipment and infrastructure to coordinate relief efforts at the Port-au-Prince airport. HP donated 75 laptops and 10 printers to organizations including NetHope, Partners in Health, World Vision, and the American Red Cross to track food distribution and help medical teams communicate with direct aid programs.
HP and our employees also supported the aid efforts in Haiti through donations. Within 48 hours of the quake, we pledged $750,000 USD to the American Red Cross and other organizations. HP employees raised another $250,000 USD as the relief efforts continued. Several employees with emergency response expertise also traveled to Haiti to volunteer their time with key aid organizations.
Millions of Haitians still lack food, clean water, medicine, and shelter. A full recovery will require a major reconstruction effort over several years. With our dedicated employees, innovative thinking, practical solutions, and information technology, we'll continue to do our part to rebuild Haiti.
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