Last week, Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas for two days. With 185 mph winds and torrential rains, the category 5 hurricane unleashed an immense path of devastation and destruction on the island nation. In the storm’s wake, it is reported that at least 45 people are dead. 70,000 people have been left homeless. With no power or running water, it is clear that supplies and aid are badly needed in the Bahamas.
Via social media, UPS Airlines announced that this past weekend, the cargo carrier operated a humanitarian charter flight from Panama to Nassau on the island of Grand Bahama. The flight was operated on behalf of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Utilizing one of its 757 aircraft, UPS delivered 45,000 pounds of emergency supplies.
Much needed items were contained in the shipment including shelter, hygiene kits, blankets, and water purification emergency supplies. The supplies were provided by UNICEF and the IFRC.
The UPS Foundation has dedicated $1,000,000 in aid for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts and is working with a number of relief organizations to get aid and supplies to the Bahamas.
Eduardo Martinez, UPS Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and President of the UPS Foundation commented on the relief efforts being undertaken by UPS and noted that it is just the beginning of UPS’ commitment to the long-term recovery of the areas impacted by the storm: “It’s times like this when we are most grateful and honored to support the relief organizations and first responders helping to save lives and serve communities when they need us most.”
The delivery of supplies via air will no doubt be a critical part of the rebuilding process in the Bahamas. In a time when transporting cargo by air is often taken for granted, the humanitarian charter flight undertaken by UPS Airlines over the weekend is a reminder of the immense good that the modern cargo airliner can provide.
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