Situation Report 2017-10-13

October 13, 2017

Ongoing Disaster Response Activities



NOTE: There will be no calls or situation reports issued over the weekend.

  • ALAN is in communication with our non-profit and emergency management partners in California in response to the deadly fires. At this time, we have received no requests for support, but anticipate that to change as the fires continue to burn. We will post needs as received.
  • Stability of power continues to be the biggest concern for many businesses operating on Puerto Rico. The pr site shows power at 9% restored, down from 17% yesterday. This is due to a transmission line fault at the San Juan Power Plant and subsequent issues at the Palo Seco Power Plant. Restoration of transmission line and San Juan plant were expected by end of day 10/13/2017.
  • Last night we highlighted topics from the business supply chain coordination call, tonight let’s look at a few issues being discussed on the non-profit calls. These calls are hosted throughout the week by ALAN, Airlink, LIFT, and MIT’s Humanitarian Response Lab. Looking for ways to help? Visit
  • What is the availability of sea and air cargo for Puerto Rico and USVI? Capacity is easing for sea transit. There is a vessel departing Pennsauken with available capacity, and the major carriers for the Caribbean are sailing multiple times a week.
  • What do Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands really need? This is a continually evolving situation, based on the donations being received and the status / resumption of stores. Cash donations are best – check with a vetted non-profit agency regarding their needs.
  • How can we handle undesignated donations? There may be a common warehouse for storage coming online soon. Until that time, those items can be offered at
  • How can we handle transportation for collection drives designated for a specific organization? If they are an organized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization they can apply for shipping support from Airlink, LIFT, and ALAN. Otherwise, the individuals / organizations running the drives will need to cover the costs of shipping themselves. Carriers will not move freight without assurance that someone can retrieve it when it reaches its destination.
  • What is the priority of delivery for items being shipped by non-profits? Carriers are prioritizing within their systems for healthcare items, followed by food, then other cargo.
  • How much cargo from collection drives is there? ALAN and our partners are aware of multiple thousands of pallets around the country. We’re asking people to register / offer their donations at

Thank you to all who have written us or commented on the opinion piece in Thursday’s New York Times. You are doing amazing things to support disaster relief and we are proud to represent you.

Have a great weekend.


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