Katrina and UPS



For anyone who is not aware, UPS is taking contributions to assist fellow UPSers in the hurricane area. UPS has started a fund with $250,000 and will match dollar for dollar all donations made by other UPSers. Log onto www.upsers.com to find out more. Hopefully all this money will make it to those truly in need.The time is now for UPS to step up and do what is right. They need to be a "good corporate citizen" now more than ever before.


UPS donating logistical services to hurricane-affected states
Thursday September 8, 5:35 pm ET

United Parcel Service Inc. has begun working directly with the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to provide logistical support for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
In Louisiana, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has organized a team to help direct the state's emergency relief effort. UPS is supporting the distribution and logistics efforts of that team.


In consultation with Gov. Blanco and also with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, UPS has placed individual liaison officers at the command of the state governments. Two hurricane relief officers have been assigned to each of the two states, one to the governor and a second to the top Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official in the state. These UPS managers will remain accessible at all times to ensure that any emergency movement of food or supplies is handled as promptly as possible.

In Alabama, where damage from the hurricane was less widespread, the company is working with Gov. Bob Riley to ensure that any transportation needs are met.

As of Thursday, UPS already had moved more than 4 million pounds, or 2,000 tons, of supplies for the relief effort.

"UPS is pledging its people and equipment to assist the states as part of what we call Operation Expedite Help," the company's chairman and CEO, Mike Eskew, said in a written statement. "Katrina has stretched the resources of every local, state and federal agency. The business community can play an important role in the relief effort ... ."

In addition to thousands of tons of supplies, UPS has moved a mobile kitchen for the U.S. Park Police, a mobile hospital from Reno, Nev., to New Orleans, and child-size cots from California to Dallas. The company is currently arranging the move of a mobile water treatment system from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Gulfport, Miss.

UPS Supply Chain Solutions, UPS's logistics arm, also has been asked to assist the Salvation Army in setting up a new distribution center for hurricane relief outside Atlanta.

Based in Atlanta, UPS (NYSE: UPS - News) is the world's largest package delivery company.

Published September 8, 2005 by the Birmingham Business Journal


First and foremost, our thoughts are with all of the people affected by Hurricane Katrina, including UPS employees and their families who live in the impacted areas.

UPS has moved more than four million pounds of supplies to aid Katrina victims.

Ongoing relief efforts
How can I help?
Service updates
Press releases

Relief efforts include:


Transported pharmaceutical supplies from Reno, Nev. to Baton Rouge, La., at the request of the Center for Disease Control.
Operating relief flights for FEMA to move mobile hospital from Reno, Nev. to Baton Rouge, La.
Transport seven trailers of relief supplies from San Diego to Jackson, Miss.
Fly child-size cots and mattresses to Red Cross Shelters in McKinney, and Dallas, Texas.
UPS Ground

Ten UPS tractor trailers filled with water, non-perishable goods and paper goods for FEMA (and MEMA (Mississippi Emergency Mgt. Agency) from Jackson to southern parts of the state (approx. 800,000 lbs). UPS has moved more than 1.5 million pounds of supplies for FEMA/MEMA.
Three UPS tractor trailers moving bottled water (approx. 240,000 lbs.) from Meridian, Miss. (working with the Coca-Cola bottling plant) to Purvis, Miss. FEMA warehouse.
Four UPS tractor trailers moving 320,000 lbs. of water from Mobile, Ala. (working with the Coca-Cola Company) for FEMA to the Stinnis NASA site in Gulfport, Miss.
Governor of Vermont request Five UPS feeders in a convoy of 30 vehicles moving relief supplies from Vermont into Jackson, Miss.
Fraternal Order of Police UPS tractor pulled a mobile kitchen from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans area.
Tractor/trailer from Oakhaven, Miss. to Jackson, Miss. for Red Cross and the State Troopers with bottled water, tents, sleeping bags, bug spray and other supplies for emergency workers in the southern part of the state.
Transported emergency kits and water from Dallas to Jackson for Mississippi State Troopers and Red Cross.
Transported more than 300 cases of water from Chicago area to Jackson, Miss. (View b-roll)
Moved relief supplies of water, food, baby care items and clothing from Mahwah to Houston for non-profit agency Bold, Brave and Courageous.
Shipped at request of City of Atlanta 28,000 lbs of Lime from Atlanta to New Orleans water treatment facility

How can I help?

UPS will provide its in-kind assistance to efforts being coordinated by official relief and governmental agencies. UPS also is urging other individuals or organizations seeking in-kind shipping assistance to review product donation guidelines provided by the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Gifts-in-Kind International before conducting any drives. Previously used personal property generally does not benefit the affected communities and may make it more difficult for the critically needed items to reach those in need.

UPS service updates

For information on service impacts due to Hurricane Katrina, please visit the Service Updates section of UPS.com.

Press releases

09/08/05 UPS Joins Louisiana Emergency Relief Team
09/01/05 UPS Donates $1.25 Million to Hurricane Relief

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