Haiti Response
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Urban Search and Rescue Strike Team deployed to Port Au Prince, Haiti under a USAID mission assignment for search & rescue/recovery operations, as well as infrastructure assessments in the area, Jan 2010. The primary mission became the recovery efforts of American citizens, and ultimately all remaining victims from the Hotel Montana, a 5-story concrete and masonry structure that suffered a catastrophic pancake-collapse during a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit on Jan. 12, 2010 at 4:53pm. Hotel Montana was a 4-star hotel that was popular for visitors of all nations and foreign dignitaries. The rescue/recovery efforts involved a multinational response of rescue teams. The operation required careful delayering of the collapsed structure for sensitive victim recovery. The USACE mission successfully recovered 66 victims.

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