disaster relief for all phases of a natural disaster

A Hurricane, tornado, earthquake or other natural disaster can be devastating. In times of crisis, providing disaster relief logistics is critical and FreightCenter is prepared to help.

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Hope for the Best but Prepare for the Worst

When disaster strikes and people are in need of help, humanity responds in kind. Hurricanes and earthquakes, blizzards and tornadoes have tested our resilience and resourcefulness for millennia, and in the face of it all, we get through it together—locally, nationally, globally.

But imagine the logistics of planning relief when flooding is rampant, roads are blocked or washed out, and the power is down. Effective response is three-fold: Whether for yourself, your family or your business, know what to do before, during and after a catastrophe hits.

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Before a Crisis

On a micro-level, people in high-risk areas for hurricanes and other natural disasters are advised to stock three days’ worth of emergency supplies, in case of flooding, power outages, etc. On a much larger scale, some governmental departments and humanitarian aid organizations have warehouses strategically placed in vulnerable areas, stocked with non-perishable necessities.

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During a Crisis

When it’s go-time, all that preparation and planning needs execution. In catastrophic situations, people need relief as soon as possible. FreightCenter brokers transport services for customers shipping disaster recovery supplies to hard-hit areas. We can also get freight teed-up to be first into the area, as soon as it is safe for passage. Third-party logistics companies are problem solvers; we know how to deal with obstructions, reroute when necessary, and deliver goods as quickly, safely and affordably as possible.

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After a Crisis

Once immediate needs are met and the dust begins to settle, the real work begins. When it’s time for recovery, basic necessities can still be a factor: Infant and toddler supplies; non-perishable food and bottled water; tents, cots and blankets; and other basic survival items are still needed and must still be shipped and distributed. Then, when it’s time to rebuild and restore, construction and building supplies must be coordinated and shipped, sometimes from across the country as demand outweighs supply. Look to your logistics experts for guidance during such massive undertakings.

FreightCenter can, of course, plan, manage and execute shipping services for these bulk supplies; but did you know they can also help your business or organization move products away from danger zones, as in the event of an evacuation? Talk to a FreightCenter logistics professional. They can answer your questions, offer suggestions for preparedness and supply chain management, and broker transport services according to your needs.

Prepare Yourself

In emergency situations, third-party logistics companies like FreightCenter can be valuable resources; no matter the circumstance, it’s our business to make connections happen. So whether aid organizations are trying to stock or distribute food, water, and medical supplies, or businesses are trying to salvage products before an impending disaster, our specially trained logistics experts can take the guesswork and stress out of getting your freight from Point A to Point B—and during some of the most unpredictable, stressful situations imaginable. Here are a few ways FreightCenter can help.

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Hurricanes

For six months of every year, from June through November, the Atlantic hurricane season looms ominous. As meteorologists try earnestly to predict where, how often and how intensely tropical depressions, storms and hurricanes will strike, it’s wise to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. People living near the North Atlantic, Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico coasts often take personal safety measures—from having plenty of fresh water, batteries and non-perishable food on hand, to boarding up windows and evacuating—to ensure their own survival during a hurricane. In extreme storms, however, outside help is often necessary for survival, rescue and recovery.

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Tornadoes

While tornadoes can happen in any season, in any part of the United States, they most frequently occur east of the Rocky Mountains in the spring and summer months…and the aftermath can be devastating. Tornadoes, along with their related thunderstorms, can damage or destroy buildings and homes and may disrupt services such as electricity, gas, water and communications. Generally, there isn’t as much time to prepare for tornadoes as there would be for other types of storms. If you live in a tornado-prone area, FEMA recommends keeping an emergency supply kit readily available; don’t forget medications, a whistle, and sturdy soled shoes and work gloves. And in case of a tornado warning, get yourself to an underground shelter or an interior, windowless room.

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Earthquakes

We usually think of the Pacific Coast when we think of earthquakes, but did you know 45 states in the US are at moderate-to-severe risk for them? And unlike hurricanes and other natural hazards, they usually come without warning. But there are some advance measures you can take to prepare for an earthquake. Red Cross recommends having on hand an emergency preparedness kit and evacuation plan for your family and pets. In your home, affix and anchor heavy furniture and appliances to wall studs and place breakables on lower shelves. Don’t hang heavy items above where people sit or sleep, and ensure you know how to turn off the gas valve. And if you find yourself in the middle of a quake—drop, cover and hold on with all your family members.

Delivering Relief

In times of crisis, relief organizations like the Red Cross and Direct Relief International are often at the forefront of ensuring people’s basic food, shelter and medical needs are met. Governmental entities, like FEMA and the Small Business Administration, are also there to help people recover. And when it’s time to rebuild, Habitat for Humanity and Without Borders are just a couple charities that help families get back on their feet again. If you’re interested in how to help during the next emergency, or who could help you, visit the U.S. Chamber Commerce for a list of nonprofit agencies specializing in disaster preparedness, response and recovery

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