Freight News, Logistics

Fifth birthday for disaster aid scheme

[ August 13, 2014   //   ]

Deutsche Post DHL and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) programme. The joint scheme to provide training and other meaures has now worked with 25 airports to help them cope with the logistical challenge of a humanitarian crisis.

When natural disasters strike, airports become vital hubs and important gateways for aid supplies that are meant to reach disaster victims quickly. If this isn’t managed properly it can cause bottle necks for aid delivery. During workshops, airport specialists from DHL and representatives from UNDP work with participants from airports and emergency services on a crisis plan.

To date, GARD workshops have been conducted in Armenia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Indonesia, Lebanon, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines and Turkey, training at least 430 people and the next workshop is scheduled for Jordan in September.

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