Situation Report 2017-10-01

October 1, 2017

Maria Response, Mexico City, Irma, Harvey Recovery

Tonight’s top takeaways:

ALAN and LIFT continue to host a daily private sector supply chain coordination call for Hurricane Maria. To request access to this call, please email With information management support from MIT’s Humanitarian Response Lab, and communications support from ALAN volunteers, the group continues to be a forum for business collaboration, information and resource sharing, and identification of gaps, bottlenecks, and shortfalls. The group has raised a number of issues critical to resumption of efficient supply chain activities, including:

  • The need for a generator to power the customs office at the port
  • A timeline for power restoration
  • The status of wastewater systems
  • Resources needed to assist with clean-up of stores
  • Recommendations on capturing fueling requirements for generators

In addition to the information resources provided by the MIT team, LIFT is coordinating air and sea transit options. The availability of transportation options is dynamic, and LIFT and ALAN continue matching requests for transport with available capacity, across multiple modes and sectors. LIFT successfully matched a need for transportation of communications equipment with available capacity. Additional cargo matching continues.

A reminder on how to request and offer support:

Please refer to guidance from National VOAD and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration regarding how best to help survivors.

DHS and FEMA are holding a daily private sector coordination call at 3 PM Eastern.  Dial-in number and participant passcode/pin: Dial-In #: 800-324-5531 pin: 798364 NBEOC Operations Dashboard:

Finally, a word about our activities: ALAN supports disaster relief in a variety of ways, primarily by connecting non-profit needs with business resources. Most often, this involves coordinating free shipping of humanitarian aid for non-profits. In recent disasters, we’ve found it critical to help businesses support their employees with supplies as well as resources to rebuild their businesses. In that fashion we hope to enable resumption of commerce and support the local economy. Our goal is to provide immediate assistance via donated resources and sustainable assistance by putting people back to work.

Thanks for your continued support of those goals!


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