Integrators lend a hand to Hurricane Matthew relief efforts
24 / 10 / 2016
The UPS Foundation will provide emergency funding and in-kind support worth more than $1m to help response and recovery efforts related to Hurricane Matthew.
Meanwhile, FedEx this week delivered aid to Haiti onboard two charter flights.
The hurricane recently ravaged Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Cargolina killing an estimated 1,600 people and left thousands more injured and vulnerable to disease.
The UPS’ foundation has already committed a significant portion of the funds towards the purchase and distribution of critical relief supplies.
For the Salvation Army, UPS transported almost 30,000 meals-ready-to-eat to South Carolina and nearly four metric tons of clean-up kits to North Carolina.
Additionally, UPS is coordinating with the Salvation Army to deliver more than 70,000 bottles of water to South Carolina and more than 800 boxes of food to Georgia.
The charity, Care, is dedicating its emergency funding from The UPS Foundation for aid focused on water and sanitation, food distribution, shelter and psychosocial support.
UPS is also using its global logistics network to deliver more than 600,000 pounds of relief supplies in Haiti including food and shelter, solar lighting, comfort kits, school supplies, antibiotics, medication and water purification packets to help combat Cholera.
For the World Food Programme (WFP), UPS airlifted two shipments containing 300,000 high energy biscuit packages that will provide 30,000 families food for a week.
UPS also coordinated two flights from Panama for the UN’s WFP Global Logistics Cluster with multi-agency supplies and another from Dubai containing kitchen sets, solar lanterns and plastic sheeting for tents.
Additionally, UPS is coordinating ground transportation of supplies from Port-au-Prince to Les Cayes, which is also for the WFP Global Logistics Cluster.
Meanwhile, FedEx transported more than 30 tons of critical aid as part of its relationships with Direct Relief, International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International.
“The devastating reality is people in Haiti are relying on the delivery of humanitarian aid for life’s most basic necessities,” said Jenny Robertson, director of global citizenship and reputation management at FedEx.
“The FedEx network and our people who power it are equipped to deliver these critical supplies where they’re needed most.”
The first flight, carried out for Direct Relief, took off from Memphis and landed in Port-au-Prince on October 12. Supplies included medication, medical equipment, hygiene kits and tents.
A second charter flight landed in Haiti October 13, filled with 35,000 pounds of relief supplies from International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International. Together with these two organizations, FedEx delivered 11,000 hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies.