American Logistics Aid Network Joins Harvey Recovery Efforts

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is joining in the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort. This group connects logistics resources with the organizations that are helping out in Texas in the aftermath of the hurricane. ALAN Executive Director Kathy Fulton is looking for up to 100,000 square feet of warehouse space in the areas surrounding Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin as the cities prepare to receive thousands of refugees. Their goal is to offer space to store the material these people will need.

However, after the floodwaters have receded and those affected have received temporary housing, they will be kicking their work into high gear. They are hoping to develop a network of big warehouses in the area that can offer survivors everything they need to start to get back to normal. They are also planning a pop-up warehouse that will accept donations that have not been earmarked for a particular relief group. They plan to repackage the goods quickly and then get them to those in need. The daily operations will be managed by a state agency.

Long Road Ahead

In addition, they will recruit a wide range of vehicles to help with inbound moves to the warehouse and hire trucks for the outbound moves. Their efforts are long-term and are expected the span several years. In fact, they are still working in parts of the Northeast that were hit almost five years ago by Superstorm Sandy.

Harvey prompted the closure of the Port of Houston as well as the city’s two main airports. More than 500 roadways were flooded, according to the Texas Department of Transportation’s website, and rail operations have also been affected. Union Pacific has suspended operations from Brownsville, Texas, all the way to Lake Charles, Louisiana, and they say they won’t even be able to inspect their tracks and facilities until the flooding has receded.

According to consultancy FTR, Harvey is expected to have a significant impact on more than 7 percent of the nation’s trucking as a whole, with some parts of the network expected to be compromised for two weeks or longer.

This blog post was based off of an article from CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly. View the original here.

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