Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

Logistics Lends a Hand

When a humanitarian crisis erupts or a natural disaster strikes, many agencies and affiliated organizations kick operations into overdrive. Food, medicine, water, clothing, and shelter supplies are needed quickly to prevent worsening conditions for the affected population.

Coordination must be like clockwork, with shipments delivered safely, securely, and on time. You need an expert to focus on shipping and distribution, so you can focus on the aid. You need UPS.

Proven Experience, Innovation, and Commitment

From the Midwest to the Middle East, Africa to Japan, we use our logistics expertise--and sometimes our volunteer base--to anticipate possible problems and customize the perfect solution.

Logistics Emergency Team (LETs)

We've collaborated with the World Food Programme (WFP) to create Logistics Emergency Teams (LETs). This cross-company partnership relies on employee volunteers with warehousing, transport, and logistics expertise.

Based all around the world, these teams are deployed within 48 hours of a humanitarian crisis.

Logistics Action Teams (LATs)

Similarly, we've partnered with the American Red Cross to establish LATs in eight states. These teams are comprised solely of employee volunteers who work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), FEMA, and state governments to mobilize hurricane and tornado relief more efficiently. Efforts include:

  • Distribution of clean-up supplies
  • Pickup and delivery of meals to feeding sites
  • Transportation of shipments from warehouses to service delivery sites
  • Consultation on warehouse design to optimize space and improve distribution

The UPS Foundation

Good corporate citizenship has been a part of our culture for more than 60 years. In addition to support for the LET and LAT programs, The UPS Foundation also provides funding and in-kind services to:

  • Empower local business units to engage relief organizations
  • Contribute thought leadership in humanitarian logistics
  • Provide first-responder personnel to rebuild the supply chain
  • Partner with leading relief organizations worldwide

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

Giving Back Where It Counts

Support for our Humanitarian Relief Program in 2012 included:

  • $6.5 million in funding, technical support, and in-kind services
  • Collaboration with humanitarian organizations like the American Red Cross, CARE, UNICEF, and World Food Program to deliver relief around the world
  • Pledge of $1.5 million in cash and in-kind support following Superstorm Sandy
  • More than 200 in-kind shipments to 35 countries
  • $500,000 in funding and in-kind support to the American Red Cross

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