DHL and the UNDP enhance disaster relief

Deutsche Post DHL together with its subsidiary DHL and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have announced an enhancement to their services in the area of disaster management with the launch of GARD (Get Airports Ready for Disaster), aimed at making worldwide relief eff orts more effective. The two organisations have completed two pilot projects […]


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Deutsche Post DHL together with its subsidiary DHL and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have announced an enhancement to their services in the area of disaster management with the launch of GARD (Get Airports Ready for Disaster), aimed at making worldwide relief eff orts more effective.

The two organisations have completed two pilot projects at the Indonesian airports of Makassar and Palu. This kicks off a global roll out for GARD planned from now to end of 2010, where the DHL GARD team will conduct on-site training programs and surge capacity assessments at other airports located close to disaster prone areas in Asia and the Americas.

After earthquakes, cyclones and floods, help comes mainly from the international community, and that means people and relief goods flying into regional airports. The airports are understandably overwhelmed with the large volumes of food, bottled water, medical equipment and tents arriving from all over the world.

“This is where the work of the DHL Disaster Response Teams (DRT), equipped with their logistical expertise begins,” said DHL. “The programme, developed together with UNDP, better prepares airports and people by checking capabilities, coordination requirements, and every detail that can help formulate broad contingency plans.”