The U.S. military is delivering 50,000 hand-held radios to Haiti for survivors of the recent earthquakes.
The U.S. Department of Defense said Wednesday it expects the radios to arrive later this week. It said the joint task force will then distribute the radios to the public.
The military said survivors can use the radios to receive news and important information concerning international relief efforts. It also says its forces are working closely with the Haitian government to broadcast public safety messages for survivors on FM frequencies of 92.4 mhz and 104.1 mhz and the AM radio frequency of 1030 khz.
The radios are powered by solar energy and hand cranks instead of batteries, a potentially helpful asset in a nation short on basic supplies.