The U.S. supports humanitarian assistance and disaster response in Peru

The United States has allocated nearly $3,300,000 to support the Peruvian government-led flood relief efforts during the flooding and mudslides that occurred in March and April 2017.

The USAID Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) sent technical experts to Peru to carry out damage assessments and humanitarian needs, and to assist in coordinating the delivery of emergency relief supplies to local authorities and partners NGOs.

USAID also coordinated the transportation of humanitarian and personnel assistance through US military aircraft during the first critical days of the disaster response. In addition, the U.S. Department of State provided helicopters to conduct search and rescue operations and distribute supplies in isolated areas.

Disaster prevention

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Defense Southern Command has invested more than $20 million in Peru through its Humanitarian Assistance Prevention (HAP) program, focused on disaster prevention and management. The Humanitarian Assistance Program built Regional Emergency Operations Centers (COERs) in 13 regions of Peru and provided training and equipment for these centers. COERs are being built in three regions and two more are in the planning phase.

These centers are run by local authorities and allow civil defense, police, firefighters and community leaders to coordinate disaster response and large-scale emergencies. In June 2016, the Humanitarian Assistance Program donated three Mobile Emergency Response Centers, valued at $675,000, to the Peruvian Civil Defense Institute (INDECI). In March 2016, the United States Navy and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States Department of Commerce provided 12 profiling buoys in the Pacific Ocean to the Peruvian Navy to assist the country To respond to weather conditions related to El Niño.