To help respond, Deutsche Post DHL Group has set up its Disaster Response Teams (DRT). In cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the company established a network of over 400 specially trained staff who volunteer their time to help out when catastrophe strikes. There are DRTs for the Americas, the Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific regions. When called up by the United Nations, DRTs can be on the ground and operational at a disaster-site airport within 72 hours. Using core logistics skills, they are helping to unload air freight palettes, and making sure incoming supplies are received by the appropriate relief organizations. To help distribute much needed supplies, the teams often prepare DHL Speedballs - waterproof bags filled with vital relief supplies that can be airdropped from helicopters as survival kits.
Published: June 2017
Illustration: Mirja Loth for Delivered.