Hope for the Best but Prepare for the WorstWhen 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.
Before a CrisisOn 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.
During a CrisisWhen 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.
After a CrisisOnce 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.