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The American Logistics Aid Network is working to identify relief needs in earthquake-stricken Haiti that can be met through the expertise and resources of ALAN's members.
Information will be posted on the association's web portal, www.ALANaid.org, according to Jock Menzies, president of ALAN. Presently, Haiti relief efforts are in a rescue and assessment stage. It will take several days for many of the needs to emerge, and others will surface in the weeks ahead, Menzies says.
"We are hearing from ALAN associations and many of our supporters," he says. "Here are some thoughts on how you might help: Check our web portal and see if you can help find a match for a specific donation request. Visit the Relief Needs section on our homepage at www.ALANaid.org.
"Cash in the hands of bona fide relief agencies is the most important contribution anyone can make at this time. Some sources for NGO information include the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (www.NVOAD.org), InterAction (http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti), and The Clinton Foundation (https://re.clintonfoundation.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=3869).
Menzies urges those in the logistics community to reaffirm their interest in working with ALAN in its efforts to connect supply chain resources to relief. "Send an email to a member of our leadership team with current contact information and special skills or resources at http://www.alanaid.org/contact-us.php."
Finally, Menzies says, commit to engage with a regional or national organization active in disaster relief before the next event.
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