"You Can't Fake Logistics"
At the recent National Hurricane Conference, a panel of emergency management experts was discussing how accurate placement and timely delivery of relief supplies is critical to disaster response. The panelists remarked that some portions of response can be done on the fly, but that logistics requires careful planning and flawless execution to alleviate suffering and do the most good. With the spring storm season already in action, this month's Resources for Relief can help make your planning process more effective.

Fritz Institute Offers Certification in Humanitarian Logistics
The Fritz Institute announces an update to their Certificate in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) course. CHL 2.1 reflects advances in the humanitarian logistics body of knowledge. The certification program is a private-public collaboration between the Fritz Institute, CILT, and the Logistics Learning Alliance. Program content is overseen by major non-governmental organizations. Read more

Making the Team Better
Stories of supply chain shortages were abundant after the 2011 disaster in Japan. Consider the lack of a special pigment used by many of the world's automakers. Imagine if car companies had worked with the pigment manufacturer to plan for mitigating the impact of a plant loss. Mentoring smaller businesses is one way larger organizations can work towards supply chain resiliency. FEMA encourages this "team approach" to emergency response. If you have such a program, or want to start one, contact FEMA. More resources are available from FEMA's private sector office.

Get Involved in Disaster Response
Many voluntary organizations have been busily responding to recent severe weather outbreaks across the United States. ALAN supports these organizations by securing supply chain services and resources to enable their response. If you'd like to help, please contact us.

HOW TO HELP: Give cash to a reputable charitable organization rather than donating goods. Cash can be directed to the most urgent needs while unsolicited donations of goods can clog response corridors.

Many Faces of ALAN
KAHWhen it comes to fighting childhood hunger, 1.2 million meals go a long way. That's the number of meals non-profit agency Kids Against Hunger (KAH) gave kids in 2011 with help from Merchandise Warehouse of Indianapolis, IN. The company's meal-packing event and donation of warehousing and transportation services are "a wonderful way to engage the community and our workforce for a great cause," says Merchandise Warehouse VP Scott Whiting." View video