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ALAN update March 19

Feeding America warns of Mid-West flooding needs

Feeding America suggests there may be needs for donations of personal care items, cleaning and disinfecting products, and food items based on the likelihood of flooding in the Mid-West.

 Sanitation in the rainy season likely next Haiti issue

 ALAN VP Richard Sharpe attended a meeting Wednesday hosted by Safe America and Emory University organized to discuss the current gaps in the Haitian Disaster Relief efforts.  Multiple urgent needs were discussed including the need for shelter, especially as the Hurricane season approaches, water purification and child protection issues. 

  A CDC expert on disease control raised the issue of sanitation.  Make-shift latrines have been created in the temporary camps throughout the island and reports are that they are far from adequate.  This problem is only going to get worse once the rainy season starts which can lead to multiple catastrophic disease related outbreaks (dysentery, cholera, etc.).  With the people being confined to very little space in these camps, the situation being discussed has the making for the perfect storm. 

  We hope to identify what specific needs the above situation may require. As with many of the disaster related needs for Haiti, the timing for response is critical.

 ALAN in Haiti

 I will visit Haiti for a week starting this Sunday. The Hands on Disaster Response group (www.HODR.org) offered ALAN a place to stay and base camp in Leogane. We have made contact with the Red Cross and several other NGO’s on the ground that I will visit. I also expect to attend the UN’s Logistics Cluster meetings.

 Academic community and ALAN

 Today ALAN VP Mark Richards and I participated in a conference call with the Supply Chain Institute and the Responsible Enterprise Institute of San Diego University. They wish to work with ALAN and other universities regarding humanitarian logistics.

 Tomorrow I participate in an all day meeting hosted by the Universities of Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina and Michigan State billed as a “Circle of Experts.” ALAN and representatives of FEMA, the American Red Cross, UPS, SYSCO, the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies, the military (NORTHCOM) and the Aidmatrix Foundation will participate in this small group discussion

 Jock Menzies President

American Logistics Aid Network

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