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FedEx Responds to Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

October 19, 2016

FedEx Hurricane Matthew Relief for Haiti Infographic

By Air, Land & Sea: See How Direct Relief Gets Aid Directly to Those in Need
October 19, 2016

With many bridges washed out and roads destroyed, the ground transportation network in Haiti is severely damaged. Our friends at Direct Relief took immediate action and got creative to deliver relief supplies as soon as they were unloaded from the FedEx plane in Port-au-Prince.

Read more about it on the Direct Relief blog.
*Oct 19 photos courtesy of Direct Relief

Photos from the two FedEx relief flights to Haiti
October 14, 2016


Meet the Volunteer Pilots for one of the FedEx Relief Flights
October 13, 2016

FedEx pilots Mike Elsenrath and Max Clark, who are both flight instructors, volunteered to donate their time to fly a FedEx 757 to Haiti for free. Their status as check pilots means that they excel in assessing a situation with many unknowns, like disaster areas, war zones, and hazardous weather.

Max, a former F-14 fighter pilot, commented that it’s humbling to realize “There are a whole lot of people who will survive this disaster because we had the opportunity to bring the things on this plane to them.”

After guiding the 757 back to Memphis to reload for another shipment of aid for the people of Haiti, Mike took just a couple of moments to reflect. “This can be a once in a career type of chance – to take the unique skills we have and do something good. It’s great to be able to make such a positive impact for so many people.”

What’s a Loadmaster?
October 13, 2016

Talk about a rare breed: Only 7 of our 400,000 team members are loadmasters. These are the people who are responsible for all aspects of a plane’s cargo loading and unloading, aircraft weight and balance, fueling, hazardous materials, scheduling…and so much more.

When FedEx flies to an airport that is not normally serviced, or is not experiencing normal airport operations (currently like Port-au-Prince, Haiti) a loadmaster is required to fly on board.

Billy Feutz has flown on charters carrying everything from show horses to satellites to every corner of the world, but relief flights are among his favorite. “The last time I was in Haiti was for the earthquake in 2010. I’ll fly 20,000 miles this week alone, but relief flights are some of my favorites. It’s just nice to know that you’re bringing something that can help so many people.”

35,000 Pounds of Relief on the Way
October 12, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Relief SuppliesToday, the first of two FedEx Boeing 757 charter flights landed in Haiti, carrying roughly 35,000 pounds of medicine and medical supplies from the humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief. Direct Relief and its partner medical facilities will distribute the relief aid to hospitals throughout the country to care for people who have been affected by the storm and need health services.

This shipment marks the largest emergency medical aid airlift to Haiti since Hurricane Matthew struck last week. The storm has caused a health crisis in Haiti, where people already face severe chronic illnesses that have far outstretched the capacity of a very fragile health system. Among the health risks are water and mosquito-born illnesses, including cholera, dengue, chikungunya, and, most recently, Zika. The country also faces problems accessing enough affordable and nutritious food, extensive deforestation, extremely high rates of poverty and unemployment, and is in the midst of a transitional government. All of these factors make the effects of Hurricane Matthew, the biggest hurricane to hit Haiti in 10 years, even more devastating.

Since the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Direct Relief has been the largest private provider of medical aid into the country, supporting over 200 medical facilities with essential medicines and supplies on an ongoing basis. These facilities requested the specific health-related items to care for people who have been affected by Hurricane Matthew.

A second FedEx charter flight is scheduled to arrive in Haiti on Thursday, October 13, carrying additional relief supplies from Heart to Heart International and International Medical Corps.

To contribute to relief efforts, please donate funds directly to these agencies or the humanitarian organization of your choice. Learn more about our disaster relief efforts.

Reminder: To help ensure aid is delivered efficiently, we are focusing our relief efforts with these existing organizations. To heed the direction of the groups coordinating relief efforts, we are unable to provide charitable shipping for collection drives and donated items.

Haiti Charter Flight on the Way
October 11, 2016

FedEx is sending hurricane relief supplies to Haiti. This week, two Boeing 757 charter flights will be fully loaded with materials from Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, and International Medical Corps. Immediate relief shipments will include more than 75,000 pounds of prescription medicines, medical supplies, hygiene kits, and emergency health kits.

Following the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti—the most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean in over 50 years—the United Nations estimates 350,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The hurricane flattened villages, damaged local infrastructure and, with estimates surpassing more than 1,000 people killed by the storm, devastated families and communities.

FedEx team members will also join Heart to Heart International on Thursday, October 13, to pack 1,000 hygiene kits that include essentials such as adhesive bandages, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, and washcloths for displaced people. Heart to Heart will send 12,000 of these Hygiene Kits to Haiti as part of the FedEx relief charter flights.

To contribute to relief efforts, please donate funds directly to these agencies or the humanitarian organization of your choice. Learn more about our disaster relief efforts.

Reminder: To help ensure aid is delivered efficiently, we are focusing our relief efforts with these existing organizations. To heed the direction of the groups coordinating relief efforts, we are unable to provide charitable shipping for collection drives and donated items.

October 8, 2016

We extend our sincere thoughts and prayers to our team members and the communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

On September 22, Hurricane Matthew formed from a forceful tropical wave moving off the African coast. After developing into a tropical storm, it moved west, and the storm swiftly turned into a Category 5 hurricane. As it reached U.S. waters on October 7, it left behind a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, destruction in the Bahamas and Cuba and has affected communities in Florida and the Carolinas.

At FedEx, the safety of those affected by the hurricane is our top priority. We are working to support disaster relief efforts through our humanitarian organization relationships—such as Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Heart to Heart International, The American Red Cross and Water Mission—to deliver food and medical supplies in Haiti and along the east coast.

These disaster relief organizations have medical staff and disaster relief supplies pre-positioned in the region. They are assessing the situation and providing critical needs like medicine, medical aid, shelter, hygiene kits and water. FedEx is maintaining constant communication with these organizations to ensure we are responding appropriately.

To help ensure aid is delivered efficiently, we are focusing our relief efforts with these existing organizations. To heed the direction of the groups coordinating relief efforts, we are unable to provide charitable shipping for collection drives and donated items.

The best way to help is to contribute to relief efforts by donating funds directly to these agencies or the humanitarian organization of your choice.

Learn more about our disaster relief efforts.

We continue to closely monitor Hurricane Matthew. Contingency plans are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our team members and to minimize the effects of the storm on service. These storms often cause pickup and delivery delays and disruptions for FedEx customers. FedEx will be prepared to provide service to the best of our ability in areas affected by the storm and as local conditions allow. Click here for more information on affected service


Comments

    Jason Wilkes says:

    I live in Jacksonville, Fl.. I was very fortunate there was no damage to my home & we never lost power. I hope that I can help those that need it worst. We are strong together through others, that’s what makes us all survivors.

    Jason Wilkes says:

    I live in Jacksonville, Fl.. I was very fortunate with no damage to my home, & we never lost power. I wish there was anyway I could help others that was not so fortunate.

    Eddie Marrero says:

    Me and my daughter are involve in voluntary help in a Collection Center in Purta de Tierra, Puerto Rico for the people of Haiti, need some hand or to borrow some small equipment like pallet jack and pallets for at least 3 weeks to packge most of the items to be send to Haiti.If any contact or phone to call will be appreciated ! Thxs

    Breya says:

    this is such a wonderful gift.

    Roger McKenzie says:

    This is Awesome and make me proud to work for FedEx. I wish that I could go there for a week to help in any way possible.

    Michele (Myke) Hall Robertson says:

    I live in Goldsboro, NC. We were without power and couldn’t get to our house due to several feet of water standing on our block. But my family is safe and sound thanks be to others who graciously took us in and supported us during a time of need. And thanks to FedEx for supporting humanitarian efforts to all affected by Hurricane Matthew. #GoFedEx

    Jennifer Mays says:

    Thank you!

    Luis R. Rivera says:

    This is one of so many things for which I am proud to be an employee of FedEx

    Anonymous says:

    I like reading FedEx news

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