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 office for international disaster response—stockpiles relief supplies at strategic global warehouses in Miami, Florida; Pisa, Italy; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Stockpiled humanitarian commodities include thermal blankets, plastic sheeting for emergency shelter, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, and water purification systems.

In addition to facilitating the transport and storage of emergency relief commodities, USAID/OFDA deploys trained personnel when disaster strikes to directly assist in response efforts by managing commodity transport and consignment, with the support of the Washington, D.C.-based specialists. USAID/OFDA’s Logistics Unit also provides technical assistance to non-governmental organizations, U.N. agencies, and host government counterparts to respond to disasters, as well as to mitigate against the impact of future disasters.

In FY 2014, through grants and in-kind contributions to humanitarian partners, USAID/OFDA provided more than $232 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 16, 2014

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