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As the first responders begin their work of search and rescue, efforts are underway to provide immediate and longer term post-disaster aid to the victims.
ALAN, the American Logistics Aid Network, has as its principal goal, coordination of logistics resources to aid the disaster response agencies and the victims. As Kathy Fulton, interim president and director of operations describes it, emergency management groups preposition resources, ALAN prepositions relationships. Those relationships are critical to disaster response because they help fill the need not only for material aid but also the infrastructure needed in the relief effort.
According to ALAN, “We anticipate there will be needs for warehousing and transportation in the near future.” To offer support, email Kathy Fulton, interim president and director of operations at Kathy@ALANAid.org, or Patrick Rofe, director of development and corporate relations at Patrick@ALANAid.org.
The ALAN website, www.ALANaid.org, also provides information on specific needs and is updated regularly as new needs surface.
ALAN also notes, to ensure the best results for storm victims, please remember:
Don’t self-deploy: Avoid disaster areas until volunteers are requested. Emergency response and life safety crews need access to open road to conduct their life saving activities. Many families have been displaced by these storms and housing and other services will be directed to support their needs first.
Connect before you collect: Make sure that there is a need—as well as capacity and a specific recipient—for your donation on the other end. Your good intentions can overburden local supply chains if affected communities are not prepared for the arrival of your goods or services. Requested items will be posted here.
Work through ALAN: We partner with voluntary organizations, communities, and emergency response agencies on the ground to provide an organized response. We will be happy to share your offers of support with our partners to see if they match local needs.
Cash is best: By far, monetary donations are the most useful help you can give. They allow affected communities to purchase exactly what they need, when they need it most; they permit local sourcing of supplies, which stimulates the economy and keeps tax revenues at home; and they help survivors to take control of their own recovery.
Additional information can be found on ALAN Twitter and Facebook feeds.