As one of the warehouse and logistics facilities contracted by the U.S. Agency for International Administration (USAID) to provide pre- and post-disaster relief commodity storage services for the United States, Crowley Maritime Corporation's Miami-based logistics team rapidly deployed emergency aid commodities for the Philippines last month in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Less than four hours after notification Crowley Maritime say that their Miami logistics team loaded 86 pallets of inventoried food items onto six trucks for delivery to the Miami International Airport, where they were transferred to an emergency flight destined for the devastated region.
“We are very proud of the Miami team’s ability to respond quickly and deploy creative solutions during a time of great need,” said Crowley’s Ken Black, director, logistics. “Delivering tens of thousands of relief supplies by air is never an easy task, but Crowley was able to tap into its company-wide resources and deliver the materials to the airports on schedule and without major delays.”
Crowley's Miami warehouse is a distribution center for USAID relief supplies held for disbursement. Supplies are frequently called for, on an emergency basis, following natural disasters or in response to foreign governmental requests for assistance from the people of the United States. Once a shipment request is made, Crowley has only hours to pull and load the relief supplies for transit. To date, the company reports a 100 percent success rate in handling such requests.
Pictured: The Crowley Miami team responsible for shipping of pallets of relief supplies to the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan.