FedEx Honored to Assist in Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts
November 26, 2013
Our MD-11 flight with 100 tons of medical aid from Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International landed in Cebu, Philippines yesterday. The agency representatives were relieved to watch all of that cargo unload. Last night, the very first (of many) distributions began to hospitals and clinics in the areas most heavily impacted by the typhoon. The agencies on the ground know that there is still much work to do before returning to any sense of normalcy, and every step helps. It is so very gratifying for all of us at FedEx to know that injured Filipinos continue getting the medical assistance they need and that we could play a role in that process. Our hearts are with everyone in the Philippines and with those heroic agencies leading the aid efforts.
November 23, 2013
Under clear skies in Los Angeles today, FedEx proudly loaded over 100 tons of disaster relief cargo onto one of our MD-11 wide-body planes. This precious shipment of medicine, hospital supplies, and personal care kits was collected by Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International. This donated flight took off on the way to Cebu, Philippines.
When the plane arrives Monday afternoon (local time), these same two agencies along with Philippines Red Cross will be on the ground to meet it and we unload on the other end. Medical teams all across the impacted areas are eagerly awaiting this important shipment so they can continue their critical work of re-establishing consistent medical care.
FedEx is proud to provide the airlift and play a role in connecting these U.S. relief agencies with the world.
November 20, 2013
Today, we issued a press release announcing additional details about the MD-11 flight containing relief aid: http://news.fedex.com/TyphoonRelief
FedEx, Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International have teamed up to deliver more than $10 million worth of relief aid and medical supplies to communities across the typhoon-ravaged Philippines. The shipment, containing nearly 200,000 lbs. of both pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, is scheduled to depart from Los Angeles on Saturday, November 23.
November 19, 2013
In addition to the flurry of aid we’ve mentioned below, we’re pleased to move more cargo tomorrow from Narita, Japan to Manila. The Philippines Red Cross is anxiously awaiting 1,500 pounds (three skids) of medical supplies sent by Airlink. They are an international non-profit organization connecting airlines with humanitarian initiatives.
And a quick update on the Water Missions treatment systems we mentioned in our first installment. Those much-needed water purification systems are functional in the southern areas of the Philippines and providing clean drinking water for those impacted communities.
November 18, 2013
While aid has begun flowing into the areas of the Philippines most heavily impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, the need is still enormous. Tomorrow, FedEx Custom Critical will pick up 125 pallets of medical aid from Heart to Heart International in Kansas City, KS. At about noon, those trucks will pull out with their 90,000 pounds of cargo and begin the trek to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, in Santa Barbara, CA, Direct Relief is also gathering another 125 pallets. FedEx Express will begin moving those supplies to Los Angeles as well.
The medical aid contains everything from antibiotics, to gastrointestinal medication, to first aid supplies all the way to hospital and clinic medical needs. These professional aid organizations have experts on the ground ensuring that all relief goes to the right locations and fills immediate needs.
All the activity is building up to the MD-11 load and departure on Saturday, November 23 and its arrival in Cebu the following Monday. Check back with us here for more on this 250-pallet relief flight.
How you can help:
We encourage anyone wanting to support the relief effort to contact the disaster relief organizations directly. Due to logistical challenges in the affected areas, these organizations prefer monetary support over the collection of new and used items. FedEx is focusing all of our shipping relief efforts on these agencies who are best positioned to help the largest number of people and we cannot offer discounts to individuals or agencies who are collecting items.
November 15, 2013
Our logistics experts have worked closely today with Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International to plan for the full wide-body plane-load of relief aid moving into Cebu late next week. The agencies are gathering many tons of supplies and FedEx is working out both the groud movement of those goods to FedEx ramps and the flight plans from the U.S. into the Philippines. We'll have much more information next week as we invite you to follow the journey.
November 14, 2013
FedEx is pleased to join forces with Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International to move an entire MD-11 full of supplies directly into Cebu so they are best positioned to move quickly into impacted areas. With strong collaboration between these two agencies and FedEx, the flight will be completely full with life-saving medical aid and supplies worth over $7 million.
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the typhoon, including our own team members in the region and their families.
As the details of the upcoming MD-11 flight solidify in the coming days, we will update this blog and provide more information on the schedule and routing.
FedEx History with Heart to Heart International
In 2013, FedEx celebrated 18 years of working with Heart to Heart International, which provides disaster assistance and humanitarian aid to more than 50 countries around the world. In total, FedEx has helped Heart to Heart distribute $900 million USD worth of medical aid. FedEx transports $400,000 USD worth of aid annually to medical teams worldwide for Heart to Heart International programs.
November 13, 2013
We are proud to work Direct Relief as they respond to the destruction caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan. While the damage assessment is still ongoing, the NY Times estimates that at least 650,000 people are still displaced.
On the morning of November 14, FedEx picked up 15,000 pounds (75 tons) of medical supplies (valued at $2.2 million) from their location in Santa Barbara, CA to begin the journey to the Philippines. Learn more about the important relief work Direct Relief is leading in Southeast Asia on their blog. Click here to view a video about the shipment.
FedEx History with Direct Relief
Since 2003, FedEx has provided more than $2.8 million USD in cash grants and transportation assistance to Direct Relief. We have worked together to help some of the world’s most vulnerable communities prepare for and respond to natural disasters. By offering our domestic and international networks and the time, talent and expertise of our team members, in 2010-2011 alone, we helped Direct Relief deliver over 2,300 shipments of relief supplies worth over $37 million USD to its hundreds of healthcare partners.
November 12, 2013
As the world watches the tragic aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), all of us at FedEx share in the grief as we see the extent of the destruction. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, survivors, loved ones and first responders affected by this storm.
Internally, our first efforts were accounting for our own team members who live and work in the Philippines. We are grateful that they are all accounted for and safe. Yet, we know that so many families are still waiting for word on their loved ones and waiting for food, water, and supplies. Like so many around the globe, our thoughts turn to “How can we help?”
We are honored to work closely with disaster relief organizations (American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart and Water Missions) to donate transportation of equipment and relief supplies to impacted areas. While many agencies on the ground are still assessing needs, we are pleased to report that our first flights with aid are on the way.
Water on the Way
On the evening of November 11, one of our planes left from Charleston, SC with two large “Living Water Treatment Systems” from Water Missions. Each unit can serve up to 5,000 people per day after a disaster. In addition, 10 potable water chlorinators were also on board to help respond to the huge need.
Other agencies have large efforts are underway and we will update this blog post as those great works finalize.
In the meantime, many of our customers are also asking how you can help. We encourage anyone wanting to support the relief effort to contact the disaster relief organizations directly. Due to logistical challenges in the affected areas, these organizations prefer monetary support over the collection of new and used items.
- Direct Relief
- Heart to Heart International
- Water Missions International
- Salvation Army
- American Red Cross
About FedEx and Disaster Relief
Disaster relief is in our DNA. For decades, FedEx has been honored to deliver critical supplies, services and expertise to support victims of disaster. For more information, read our latest report on Global Programs in Disaster Readiness, Relief and Recovery or visit the Disaster Relief section of our website.