Logistics and Relief Commodities

Local residents and humanitarian personnel,including a logistics officer from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
Local residents and humanitarian personnel, including a logistics officer from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, work to convey emergency relief items to populations affected by drought in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
International Organization for Migration

As part of its efforts to ensure a rapid response to humanitarian emergencies around the world, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)—the lead U.S. Government (USG) office for international disaster response—stockpiles relief supplies at regional warehouses in Miami, Florida; Pisa, Italy; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Stockpiled commodities include blankets, plastic sheeting for emergency shelter, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, water purification tablets, 10-liter collapsible water containers, and 10,000-liter water storage bladders.

In addition to warehoused items, USAID/OFDA maintains a full-time team that handles logistics-related requests in the aftermath of disaster. The USAID/OFDA logistics team based in Washington, D.C., coordinates the delivery of relief supplies from regional warehouse hubs to affected areas via air, sea, or land. USAID/OFDA logisticians can also quickly procure relief items that are not stockpiled in regional warehouses from numerous suppliers worldwide. When working in the field, USAID/OFDA logistics personnel help receive the relief commodities and ensure that supplies reach implementing partners for distribution to affected populations.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, through grants and in-kind contributions to humanitarian partners, USAID/OFDA provided nearly $170 million for relief commodities and associated transport, as well as for other logistical support. This funding represents approximately 20 percent of the total humanitarian assistance USAID/OFDA provided globally during the fiscal year.

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Last updated: October 25, 2013

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