Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday authorized a temporary activation of up to 900 U.S. Coast Guard Reserves to assist with the relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Over 100 of the newly activated reserves will help reinforce port security operations in devastated Port-au-Prince. Others will respond to requests in support of USAID and the State Department.
Napolitano's action allows Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen to order the activation of reserve members for a period of up to 180 days. The additional forces will support the efforts of the 500-strong Coast Guard force already in the country.
"Activating our reserve Coast Guard forces will expand our capacity to assist in aid efforts in Haiti," said Secretary Napolitano. "These brave men and women will join the thousands of U.S. and international personnel already working together on humanitarian and recovery efforts in response to this tragedy."