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Haiti Update February 20

February 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Orphans transported. With the military airlift diminishing and the commercial capacity largely spoken for in the near term, we have been seeking “backhaul” opportunities from NGO’s active in Haiti. This is being done at the request of State Department and USAID representatives. Today it paid off with Corporate Aircraft Responding in Emergencies (CARE) offering transport for children and orphans on a donated 737 this afternoon, between 37 & 56 children will travel.

 Donations diminish. Needs continue, replenishment and recovery supply chains are just getting started, but the availability of donated services in particular is diminishing. This recurring phenomenon points to a system more like a marketplace than solely a donations mechanism.  The evolution in the need/donation pool is but one of the challenges to be thought through as the lessons learned and after action discussions begin.

 Regional networks. Also in the discussion phase is working with FEMA and the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) groups to build a template to engage ALAN on a regional basis. This backed up by the increasing adoption of the web portal technology will greatly leverage our ability to engage and make a difference in times of need.

 An ALAN volunteer in Haiti had this to say.

 “This past week has been one of the most challenging I’ve ever had. Trying to operate in a stable environment is easy but getting anything done in this environment is a challenge.

 I’ve been working with CHF International trying to setup the logistical system to handle the materials associated with a shelter building and rubble removal project that will employ 1500 people a day over 8 months and built over 5000 shelters. We’ve been having trouble finding warehouse space as looting is common but we’re working through it and collaboratively with other NGOs. I’ve been working through the UN Logistics Cluster with other organizations trying to move materials as efficient(ly) as possible and get them to the people of Haiti…

 I’ve also been working with the Aidmatrix; a US based non profit to implement a warehouse management system to handle the volume of materials required for the coming months. (ALAN’s technology partner)

 eing down here it makes me realize how good we have it in Canada. Sometime(s) we get frustrated but if we take a step back and compare; the people of Haiti really have lost everything even though they barely had anything to start. It’s a great feeling to see Canadian troops on the ground and help flowing in from all parts of the world. While the help has been considerable there are more hungry mouths than food…” Aaron Tshirhart, Suncor Energy volunteer in Haiti.

Thanks for your interest in ALAN

 Jock Menzies, ALAN president

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Haiti update February 10

February 10, 2010 Leave a comment

“I notified the hospital today, and they are very grateful to everyone who is making this happen.” – Angela Garcia, Deputy Director, Global Links.  Genco’s team only took a couple of hours to meet NGO Global Link’s urgent Pennsylvania-to-Florida truckload transportation need. Both are Pittsburgh based, and ALAN had the opportunity to play match maker.

Monday, within three hours of learning of a need, UPS picked up the five pallets of fire rescue gear in suburban Maryland to meet a C130 flight from Homestead AFB in Florida to Haiti. At 8:30 this morning they were coming off the truck at Homestead AFB.

ALAN-sourced volunteer, Aaron Tschirhart of Suncor Energy has been in the Dominican Republic since Sunday. Today, he is to be helicoptered into Haiti where he will be working with CHF International. Part of his effort includes reviewing web-based logistics support software offered by our technology partner Aidmatrix, whose COO and another teammate will also be in Haiti. He will be sending us reports.

Yesterday, ALAN VP Richard Sharpe, in person, and Jock Menzies, remotely, participated in a meeting at Emory University, Atlanta hosted by Emery and the SafeAmerica Foundation to discuss evolving needs and opportunities in Haiti recovery. The US Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center also participated.

Logistics are and will continue to be a major challenge for the NGO’s in Haiti.

  • There is very little donated air or sea lift capacity, understandable for industries economically challenged.
  • Ground transportation resources are limited.
  • Much of the port and road infrastructure remains compromised. It is projected that the Port au Prince port capacity will increase from the present 350 containers per day to 1500 per day by the beginning of next week.

 The ALAN network is helping out in the following ways:

  • Providing USAID and NGO’s information on air and sea lift capacity and contacts.
  • Connecting people on the ground who are working on supply chain problems.
  • Seeking sources of volunteers that may be needed (e.g. equipment maintenance and rigging as well as logistics).
  • Making donation or reduced-cost connections for specific needs.

Thanks for your interest in ALAN, take a look at posted needs, sort by category for simplicity by clicking that column heading. Posted Needs

If you are where the snow is falling stay warm

Jock Menzies, president, ALAN

ALAN Haiti update – 2/5

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

The UN’s One Response site is a good window on Haiti relief. It provides current information by “Cluster” e.g. logistics, shelter, health, etc.

Last night we got a message from a logistics volunteer whom ALAN connected with CHF International. He had just arrived in Santo Domingo and is on his way to Haiti for a month. We make new connections as events unfold, new associations take an interest in our work and we meet other groups doing great work. Corporate Aircraft Responding in Emergencies (CARE) is one example. We called on them to help an NGO early on in the Haiti effort. Volunteers, who are aviation professionals, present relief transportation needs to corporate and private plane owners who rise to the occasion.  

Today, recent donations that have flowed through the ALAN system will be posted for NGO’s active in Haiti to consider, including gloves, coveralls, masks, ladders and warehouse space. We will also post a series of transportation needs received.

In the next few days, USAID is planning calls with major business organizations regarding ongoing Haiti needs and plans to include ALAN. We have been very active in helping them access transportation resources and options for Haiti.

Please continue to visit www.ALANaid.org and review posted need for connections.

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Haiti Update – Feb. 3

February 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes, you can take it personally.

We think of supporting an organization which delivers needed assistance. At the end of that pipeline, a person, who has been empowered by the group he/she works with personally, makes a difference and is enriched by that opportunity.

The ALAN portal technology supports the opportunity for you to see a specific need, contact the individual on site who has posted the need (under “Details” next to a need) and use your network to meet that need.

When it works, it really works – as illustrated by the following update which we received yesterday:

“I want to let you know that the fire and rescue gear that you arranged to be trucked from Baltimore to Norfolk for shipment to Haiti on the USNS Comfort last April played a big role in the earthquake rescue effort. The gear was used night and day during the earthquake by Haitian fire fighters. In fact, they didn’t have much else. That stuff may not have gotten to Haiti but for you and your friends (or certainly would have cost a lot of money). So, please know that you played a part in helping these guys dig people out of the rubble and save lives. I’m in regular touch with the Chief of the Haitian rescue team in Port-au-Prince, who has also been coordinating with the US and other foreign rescue teams (including Fairfax County rescuers). The Haitian team’s heroic efforts after being first on the scene has yet to be told. Meanwhile, the fire fighters here in Montgomery County are gathering up more gear for another shipment soon,”

signed Ben Stubenberg, vice president, TractorShare.

So, please take the ALAN portal as your personal opportunity to make a difference. Look at NEEDS and think about who you might connect with one of them. It’s not about posting needs. It’s about individuals taking it personally.

Many thanks,
Jock Menzies
President, ALAN

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