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Amazon Prepares to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

Amazon’s size and logistics capabilities can help communities.

Amazon is uniquely qualified to help with disaster relief, just as Walmart has done in the past. They have huge logistics capabilities to move disaster supplies. See the details below on one such effort in the Atlanta region:

“As the country prepares for a devastating 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, volunteers and staff at All Hands and Hearts (AHAH), a non-profit helping people and communities impacted by disasters, are getting essential support and supplies after logistical-powerhouse Amazon announced last month they would be doubling the size of their Global Disaster Relief Hub in Atlanta to assist more than 10 disaster response groups — including AHAH — helping communities impacted by disasters in the Southeast U.S.

“In addition to doubling the size of storage space within the hub to 20,000 cubic feet, Amazon plans to donate 1 million items of critical relief supplies — twice the amount donated last year — and increase logistical support that will allow AHAH and other like-minded organizations to get more disaster-relief supplies to damaged communities faster. With 2022 slated to be a destructive year for hurricanes and other disasters, AHAH is working with Amazon now to pre-position necessary supplies so that they may be shipped and delivered at a moment’s notice.

“‘We launched Amazon’s Disaster Relief Hub in June of 2021 in Atlanta due to the city’s strategic position with regards to ground and air logistics. Atlanta is near the Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast, and Caribbean, which typically bear the brunt of hurricane landfalls,’ said Abe Diaz, Amazon’s Head of Disaster Relief. ‘Thanks to this hub, Amazon is able to utilize its existing infrastructure to deliver supplies quickly without being in the direct path of hurricanes. We’ve partnered with All Hands and Hearts since 2017 and admire their track record to deliver help when people need it most, and we want to support their efforts with our logistics scale as we support our other disaster relief partners.’”
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.