October 9, 2017
Ongoing Disaster Response Activities
ALAN’s work continued throughout the holiday weekend. Thankfully the effects from Hurricane Nate were not as destructive as anticipated, but we were confronted with a new disaster today – the Coal Canyon Fire in Southern California. We will continue to work with our non-profit and emergency management partners on their responses to all open disasters, and will share information and needs with you as they arise.
Speaking of needs – there are several new transportation needs that have been posted to our logistics map.
The needs that are posted are all “pull based” needs. ALAN works with vetted non-profit organizations on their specific logistics requests. We have been contacted by a variety of individuals and organizations who have hosted collection drives and are now frustrated by the rates they have been quoted for shipping. ALAN reviews these requests on a case by case basis, but in general we do not support shipment of collection drives. We are working with a number of partners (FEMA, National VOAD, Unidos por Puerto Rico, Airlink, LIFT, and others) to provide additional guidance to groups who have done these types of drives, and will share with you when created.
ALAN continues to convene non-profit and business supply chain coordination calls in conjunction with Airlink, LIFT, and MIT’s Humanitarian Response Lab. These calls have transitioned to every other day through the end of this week.
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: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/maria2017 (The dashboard for Nate was created, but not utilized).
I hope you’ve all had a nice start to your week!
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