UPDATE: Coast Guard response to Haiti earthquake

First responders board a Coast Guard C-130 bound for Haiti to assist in urban search and rescue missions. ( U.S. Coast Guard photograph by PA1 Bobby Nash)

First responders board a Coast Guard C-130 bound for Haiti to assist in urban search and rescue missions. ( U.S. Coast Guard photograph by PA1 Bobby Nash)

As the Coast Guard continues operations in support of U.S. government disaster response and humanitarian assistance efforts to Haiti, there are four Coast Guard Cutters (Forward, Mohawk, Tahoma and Valiant) on-scene with two more cutters (Oak and Hamilton) en route.

The cutters Hamilton and Oak are carrying much needed medical supplies to Haiti. CGC Oak, a buoy tender, will also play a critical role in clearing the obstructed commercial harbor at Port-Au-Prince to allow further relief vessels to reach the island.

Coast Guard air stations continue to provide critical support to relief efforts and have delivered supplies as well as civilian search and rescue teams and personnel from FEMA, Health and Human Services and the United Nations in support of relief efforts on the ground. Click the image to the left to view video of a civilian urban search and rescue team bound for Haiti loading onto a Coast Guard aircraft in Florida.

Last night, CNN interviewed Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard to discuss the Coast Guard’s role as first American responders to the disaster Wednesday morning.

This morning, the White House announced the formation of an official U.S. government website for the Haiti earthquake response. Click here to learn about ways you can make financial contributions or offer to volunteer, visit.

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  1. Frederick R. Heitman says:

    I knew when help was needed the world could count on the Coast Guard. Thanks for doing an awesome job!

  2. Van Fleener says:

    My son Jeb is in the CSG, what I have learned and i am constantly amazed at what great people are in the Coast Guard that are all over the world. People don’t realize this. Prayers and thoughts coming your way. Let us parents know what we can do for you!