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Logistics Aid Group Provides Update

ALAN highlights some relief needs and updates transportation and port status.

November 1, 2012

In the ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy, the American Logistics Aid Network has issued an advisory updating earlier advisories and adding new information.


ALAN Needs

As of this advisory, ALAN has the following open requests and is entertaining DONATED offers only at this time.

• Transportation: 4+ semi loads of cleaning supplies from Salt Lake City, UT (2+) and Baldwin, LA (2+) to NY/NJ. Need pending additional details.
• Food: Bulk quantities for the Mountaineer Foodbank in West Virginia. Because of the storm and increased demand on Food Banks and Pantries there is an even greater need for donations of food, in particularly frozen and refrigerated food.
• Power and clean up supplies: Generators, dewatering pumps, clean up materials/kits, shovels, bags, and cleaning materials for salt water are needed to support businesses in Queens.


• As of 1:00 pm EDT, October 31, the U.S. Coast Guard reported that Sector New York ports were closed to all ships except commercial vessels with specific approval from the Captain of the Port.
• In Sector Southeastern New England, southern Massachusetts ports have reopened fully and both Rhode Island ports are open with restrictions.
• All ports have reopened in Sector Baltimore, Sector Boston, Sector Delaware Bay, Sector Hampton Roads; and Sector Long Island Sound.

Many transportation routes are closed. Check local Port Authority website ( and DOT / 511 for up to date information. Regulatory

New Jersey has issued a temporary waiver of requirement for IRP and IFTA trip permits:

New Jersey and Pennsylvania have extended expiration dates for driver's licenses, vehicle registrations, identification cards, and vehicle inspection stickers
• New Jersey:
• Pennsylvania:

Service Outages

Large numbers of communications towers for cellular service are out. Landline and VoIP service impacts are also noted due to storm damage.
Rail service has suffered significant impacts due to debris and damage.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in consultation with the US Department of Energy, issued an emergency waiver of the Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel specifications in mobile nonroad diesel engines in New Jersey. The waiver will be in effect through November 13.

OSHA issued safety tips for storm response:

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