To: ATA Federation Members
From: John Lynch, Vice President, Federation Relations & Intergovernmental Affairs
Subject: Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) does not have any unmet needs for supplies at this time and according to Kathy Fulton, Director of Operations for the American Logistics Aid Network, miscellaneous, random donations (while much appreciated) risk clogging supply networks for what is really needed…as if truck capacity wasn’t already tight. Therefore cash donations are preferred at this time as Kathy explains in the following paragraph.
“We know people are sometimes wary of making a cash donation - here's ALAN’s take on how it really makes good supply chain and economic sense. Financial contributions allow local sourcing of supplies thus stimulating the local economy. Statistics on business failures following disasters are staggering; most probably don't fail due to competition from donated products, but why put any additional stress on an already fragile system? Local sourcing of supplies feeds the tax base. The community will have some responsibility to fund repairs due to the disaster. Buying supplies locally keeps the tax revenues in the community, generating funds that can be used to repair and strengthen public infrastructure and services. Cash donations allow relief organizations and survivors to purchase exactly what they need, in the quantities and packaging they need, rather than what someone has chosen for them. It provides survivors with the ability to make decisions and be involved in their own recovery. Most importantly, cash doesn't require warehouses or trucks; and that capacity can be used for critical relief and long-term recovery supplies being purchased in bulk by emergency response organizations.For more information, visit the ALAN website or refer to the National VOAD page on how to best support relief efforts in Oklahoma - http://www.nvoad.org/tornadoes.”
Posted on Wed, May 22, 2013