The European Commission has been monitoring the passage of the fierce tropical storm Isaac through Haiti, a country that is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. In Brussels and on the ground, EU teams stand ready to help the affected population with humanitarian aid once a detailed assessment is made of the damage and needs.
Disaster preparedness activities, funded by the European Commission in Haiti, have protected houses and consequently saved lives. In addition, the Commission's humanitarian partners prepositioned stocks ahead of the storm to assist those in immediate need.
This is just the beginning of the hurricane season in the Caribbean, which is why the European Commission remains on the alert and is ready to adapt and step-up its long-term humanitarian support for Haiti.