Atlanta-based Disaster Relief Hub to provide hurricane aid
Amazon is positioning resources to get ahead of what is expected to be another busy and blustery summer on the Gulf Coast.
With the calendar turning to June, the Atlantic hurricane season is officially underway. In preparation, Amazon opened its first Disaster Relief Hub near Atlanta.
The Hub’s central location will enable it to provide fast response to areas of the Gulf Coast, Caribbean Islands and Central America that may be in need.
“Our disaster relief and response team is partnering with global humanitarian relief organizations to leverage Amazon’s scale to help improve response time to large-scale natural disasters around the world,” Amazon Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment Alicia Boler Davis said.
The 10,000 square foot Disaster Relief Hub is located just outside Atlanta and is stocked with more than 500,000 supplies donated by Amazon.
The hub is located near one of the nation’s busiest airports in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which makes it well-situated to respond to disasters around the Gulf Coast, Caribbean Islands, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.
“Our expertise in logistics and operations allows us to be nimble, fast, and effective. We’ve created the Disaster Relief Hub in metro Atlanta to provide rapid relief when it’s needed most by donating and delivering hundreds of thousands of emergency aid supplies, including shelter materials like tents and tarps, hygiene items, and medical equipment,” Boler Davis said.
The hub’s creation is the culmination of four-years of disaster analysis done by Amazon to determine the best strategy to quickly respond to natural disasters.
The Disaster Relief Hub will support organizations such as the American Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Save the Children, World Central Kitchen, International Medical Corps, and Direct Relief.
“I am thankful to Amazon for using their resources and humanitarian aid network to respond to disasters in our state, nation, and world through the new Disaster Relief Hub,” said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “With Amazon recently announcing the opening of a fulfillment center in South Georgia, to now announcing the opening of the Disaster Relief Hub in Atlanta, it is clear Amazon sees the many benefits of establishing itself in the Peach State. I am grateful for their commitment to bettering the lives of countless Georgians.”