U.S. government calls on DHL crisis team to help hurricane region
Disaster Response Team coordinating relief supplies at Little Rock airportBonn/Plantation, 09/07/2005, 11:30 AM CEST
DHL received the official mandate to manage and coordinate the international flights carrying relief supplies for the Gulf Coast region that was struck by Hurricane Katrina into Little Rock/AK. The mission was assigned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is part of the US Department of State.
Beginning today, DHL, the express and logistics specialist of Deutsche Post World Net, is mobilizing its Disaster Response Team at the airport in Little Rock, Arkansas. Over the next two weeks, relief supplies will be unloaded from planes in Little Rock around the clock and packed into trucks bound for the New Orleans area. The Disaster Response Team will be led by Chris Weeks. It will be supported by 20 experienced DHL employees who have volunteered to help the hurricane victims.
For Chris Weeks, the latest assignment is nothing new. He successfully directed logistics at the Colombo airport during the tsunami catastrophe. During this relief effort, he coordinated the delivery of about 7,000 tons of supplies to the affected areas.
Last week, DHL announced that it would donate up to $500,000 of in-kind shipping services toward immediate relief efforts and the reconstruction of the affected area. The company is also helping collect donations: To support general fund-raising efforts, DHL is providing a link from the home page of DHL USA (http://www.dhl-usa.com). It also has set up a donation platform for affected employees of DHL Express and DHL Danzas Air & Ocean. The first $100,000 of donations will be matched by the logistics specialist, and used to assist employees who have lost their homes and the relief efforts of the American Red Cross. In addition, DHL has donated committed television advertising time in the US to support a fund-raising campaign.
Deutsche Post World Net and DHL consider expeditious assistance and logistics support to disaster-impacted areas to be part of their social responsibility mission. Through transportation and logistics services, the DHL ensures that much-needed relief supplies like food, water and clothing are delivered quickly during crises.