U.S. Government Providing Humanitarian Assistance for El Fuego Disaster Response

REF# 2018-32

June 6, 2018

The United States is supporting the Government of Guatemala’s response to the devastation caused by the June 3 eruption of the Fuego volcano by providing an initial $300,000 in immediate humanitarian assistance.

With this support, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is working with the government of President Jimmy Morales and a non-governmental organization on the ground to respond to the ongoing needs of communities affected by Fuego’s largest eruption since 1974, with a focus on providing safe drinking water, sanitation services, and non-food relief items.

USAID/OFDA also has a small team of disaster experts on the ground in Guatemala, including a USAID regional advisor who is monitoring humanitarian needs and helping to coordinate relief efforts; a disaster management specialist based in Guatemala who is in touch with Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED); and locally-based disaster consultants who are monitoring developments and conducting damage assessments. USAID/OFDA is also coordinating closely with the U.S. Geological Survey on assessing damage to the surrounding area and the ongoing status of Central America’s most active volcano.

USAID/OFDA has worked in Guatemala to help build local emergency response capacity through disaster risk reduction programs that trained emergency officials in preparedness and response planning, emergency shelter management, and conducting damage and humanitarian needs assessments.

We express the deepest condolences to everyone affected by the eruption of El Fuego Volcano and stand with the Guatemalan people in the recovery effort.