DHL: Innovative relief efforts for earthquake victims
Extended involvement at the request of the Pakistani presidentBonn, 11/02/2005, 10:30 AM CET
Crisis experts from DHL, the express and logistics subsidiary of Deutsche Post World Net, have completed yet another successful relief effort following a natural catastrophe in Pakistan. As members of the Airport Emergency Team (AET), they were involved since October 12, 2005 in the transshipment of more than 4,500 tons of relief supplies from over 110 international relief flights. At the request of Pakistani President Musharraf, the AET's deployment at the Chaklala Air Base was extended to Wednesday, November 2. The national organization, DHL Pakistan, will continue its support of the regional relief efforts.
Particularly good results came from the use of tough shipping bags in which DHL has been transporting express items for over 30 years: They were modified into transport containers for 25 kg of relief supplies each and thrown out of helicopters into remote mountain regions from a height of 30 meters. In contrast to the usual cartons, this allowed the desperately needed food, blankets, and cooking utensils to be brought undamaged before the onset of winter to the places where the needy population is most lacking.
At Dubai-based AET, an initiative of the World Economic Forum's Disaster Resource Network, DHL employees are cooperating with employees from other logistics and air traffic companies. The goal is for incoming international relief supplies brought into catastrophe areas on chartered flights to be transported onward as quickly and efficiently as possible. Prior to establishment of the AET, airports were often so overloaded with these types of relief shipments that they had to be closed.
DHL has already repeatedly offered its great experience in managing complex transport processes after earthquakes and floods, for example as a part of the AET deployment after the tsunami in Southeast Asia and after the storm damages and floods around New Orleans.