What is ALAN?
The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) was founded by several professional and trade associations who came together after Hurricane Katrina to help provide humanitarian relief. Today, ALAN comprises hundreds of supply-chain businesses who stand poised to respond in the event of disasters. We are experts in transportation, warehousing, cold storage, and distribution, and we can help locate and move goods from suppliers to affected communities rapidly and efficiently.
Who Are Our Partners
ALAN works in tandem with National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOADs)—including the American Red Cross, Feeding America and the Salvation Army—as well as state and federal emergency agencies, including FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
How Do We Work?
ALAN’s web portal serves as a clearinghouse for essential supplies, goods, and services during times of crisis. Relief organizations post urgent needs on the portal; these might include requests for local warehouse space; transportation; material handling equipment; advice on how to best move products into position; or other goods and services. Our companies view the requests and respond to those that match their capabilities. For example, ALAN network members have responded to requests for forklifts and pallet jacks to help with tornado recovery; transported tool trailers to help communities rebuild in the wake of devastating floods; and donated office and warehouse space to help the American Red Cross prepare for hurricanes.
Our web portal promotes targeted donations. Instead of sending random goods and supplies that could overwhelm disaster recovery efforts, ALAN businesses respond to specific requests for help from those on the ground. We channel goods and services efficiently, providing support when and where it is needed most.
What Makes ALAN Unique?
Our solution to emergency relief brings together the unique capabilities of business, voluntary organizations, and relief agencies, forming strong partnerships between public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. ALAN enables supply-chain providers to support disaster relief in ways that highlight their strengths and engage their business interests. And by offering logistical expertise and services to humanitarian organizations, we enable them to focus on what they do best: providing assistance to stricken communities. Our strategy for responding to emergencies increases the capacity of relief agencies, saves money, and eliminates duplication of effort and waste by matching expressed needs with potential providers.
How you can join the ALAN network.
“I was able to connect with Catholic Charities in NO TIME through the site. Their needs were detailed on the website, and I was able to send mattresses, wheelchairs and walkers (about $500K worth at retail). Most of this is obsolete or past model product that was taking up room in Invacare’s distribution centers. It is nice to know that this product will be used for a good purpose.”
Vice President, North American Logistics at Invacare Corporation