Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Disaster Response Team processes nearly 3,500 tonnes of cargo to ensure quick aid to Sulawesi survivors

 Facilitated discussion and collaboration alongside the UN between local authorities, NGOs, and national military forces  Fostered relations with the international aid community over 23 days across two airports

The Disaster Response Team (DRT) of Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group, the world’s leading mail and logistics services provider, saw 26 DHL volunteers provide logistics support during relief efforts in Indonesia upon the request of the government through BNPB (Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management) and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). The volunteers together with members of the United Nations (UN) facilitated logistics planning and operations across non-governmental organizations (NGOs), airport authorities and military organizations during its latest DRT deployment, a first for the team. During the course of this deployment, the DRT facilitated the smooth processing and efficient flow of nearly 3,500 tonnes of relief goods.

Over the course of 23 days, the volunteers worked tirelessly over three teams during week-long rotations to support international efforts in response to the disaster in Palu, Sulawesi. As international aid poured in, the DRT coordinated efforts from public and private organizations across borders to ensure a smooth flow of aid for the quake survivors, while fostering civil military relations. The deployment concluded last week when the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) shifted its focus from relief to recovery efforts.

On the ground, volunteers were split between operating on the runway of Mutiara SIS Al-Jufrie airport in Palu, ground zero of the earthquake and tsunami which took place on September 28, 2018, and at the Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport in Balikpapan, which served as a staging airport for incoming aid. While the team in Palu were tasked with helping to manage incoming aid for further distribution to the survivors, volunteers in Balikpapan were responsible for coordinating the supply chain of aid transportation to Palu.

“Our company purpose is to connect people and improve their lives”, said Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group. “Our DRT team comprises highly trained volunteers who provide logistical expertise to help coordinate the relief aid for further distribution to the victims in the speediest manner possible."

 

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