A blog on the website of the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) explains what goes on “behind the scenes” to match disaster needs with critical services or equipment. Written by Richard Sharpe, ALAN’s VP of Process and Technology, the blog answers frequently asked questions such as why, in a particular situation, there may appear to be relatively few needs listed on the website.
The answer is that ALAN is constantly developing a network – a community – of organizations that have offered help. As Richard says, we are “always urging people to fill out the online offer forms on our website. While these forms don’t actually commit anyone to providing anything, they do let us know that these companies are at least willing to entertain the idea of helping. And they allow us to help humanitarian groups much sooner and with considerably less effort.”
When a hurricane or other disaster threatens, ALAN sets up a microsite with constantly updated information. Currently, tropical storm Dorian is being watched closely.