DHL Disaster Response Team Speeds over 4 Million Pounds of Relief Supplies to Hurricane Katrina Victims; Total DHL Contributions to Hurricane Relief Efforts Exceed $1 Million
PLANTATION, Fla. — DHL Volunteers Continue Working Around the Clock at Little Rock Air Force Base
DHL, the world’s leading express delivery and logistics company, today announced that its Disaster Response Team has managed the delivery of over 4.77 million pounds of international relief supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina across the Gulf Coast region of the United States. To date, 27 flights of relief supplies donated by governments around the world have passed through the DHL Disaster Response operation at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Arkansas.
Led by Chris Weeks, Director, Disaster Response Team, a group of 20 DHL employee volunteers have dedicated their transportation and logistics expertise to the independent United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), working in non-stop shifts to manage the influx of commercial and military aircraft arriving at the Base. The DHL Disaster Response Team assists with unloading the aircraft, the sort and inventory of all donations, and reload and forwarding of ground shipments direct to the areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
“With millions of pounds of relief supplies arriving at the Little Rock Air Force Base from all over the world, our most critical task is to ensure we keep relief supplies moving to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina,” said Chris Weeks, Director, DHL Disaster Response Team. “We’ll do whatever it takes to deliver the supplies into the hands of the people who need it, quickly and reliably.”
DHL is coordinating with the OFDA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to have supplies delivered to locations identified by FEMA based on immediate need. To date, goods donated from 12 countries — the United Kingdom, France, Italy, China, Spain, Egypt, Russia, Israel, Denmark, Tunisia, Thailand, and Czech Republic — have been loaded into 60 trucks and dispatched from Little Rock Air Force Base to locations across the Gulf Coast, including Camp Beauregard in Pineville, Louisiana; the Superdome in New Orleans; and Jackson, Mississippi. Relief shipments have included:
–Over 33,000 pounds of premium rice, a gift from the King of Thailand
–113,000 military meal rations (“Meals Ready to Eat”) from the United Kingdom, France, Russia and Spain
–Nearly 1,000 kits of children’s school supplies and books from Denmark
–600 generators, 800 tents and 10,000 sets of children’s clothing from China
–More than 25,000 pieces of baby food, instant cereal, and formula from Israel
–Water and sanitation products from Tunisia, including 900 boxes of soap and detergent
Relief shipments have also included tents, generators, water, milk, baby food, first aid kits and other medical supplies, soap, mattresses and bedding, clothes, diapers, wheelchairs, tarps, and kitchen sets,. This week, additional flights are expected to arrive loaded with international aid from Peru, Finland, Romania, Chile, South Korea, Russia, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, India, Denmark, Slovenia, and Greece.
In addition to the work of the DHL Disaster Response Team, DHL’s total commitment to hurricane relief efforts now exceeds the $1 million. DHL has committed to supporting hurricane relief efforts on various fronts, including the donation of up to $500,000 of in-kind shipping services toward immediate relief efforts and the reconstruction of the affected area; donations to the American Red Cross facilitated through DHL’s home page at www.dhl-usa.com; over $300,000 in donated labor and other costs to supporting the work of the DHL Disaster Response Team; and $200,000 in employee donations matched by the company for the DHL Employee Relief Fund and American Red Cross disaster relief efforts.
DHL is also supporting its customers and public sector organizations with in-kind shipments of relief supplies to the affected areas, including 24 disaster recovery kits to provide telephone and Internet communications systems for emergency and government organizations in Louisiana; fuel transfer pumps to ensure the continued operation of emergency vehicles in the stricken areas; over 200 boxes of urgently needed diabetes supplies; and six mobile villages (including bunkhouses, food, water and medical supplies) to three of the hardest hit areas of Mississippi.
With annual revenues over $32 billion in 2004, DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source.
DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport and logistics solutions, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. Over 170,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers’ expectations. Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL’s international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. For more information on DHL, please visit www.dhl.com.
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