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A message from APICS: How to bring supply chain & operations expertise to Haiti

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I just received this email from APICS and thought it might be interesting to those of you who have operations or supply chain expertise and are wondering if there’s a way to use your skills to help deal with the devastation in Haiti.

[January 14 email from APICS]

Haitian Earthquake: Can You Help?

In the wake of the debilitating earthquake in Haiti and the reports of logistical issues hindering relief efforts, many APICS members are wondering how they can help. APICS has been working in partnership with the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) to identify the most pressing needs of relief agencies on the ground in Haiti.

ALAN has put together a list of ways you can help:

  • Help ALAN in its efforts to connect supply chain resources to relief by sending an email to a member of our leadership team with current contact information and special skills or resources.

  • Cash in the hands of bona fide relief agencies is the most important contribution anyone can make at this time. Some sources for NGO information include:

    National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster


    The Clinton Foundation

  • Commit to engage with a regional or national organization active in disaster before the next event. Major relief agencies only deploy people who know their processes and values. They usually find it impossible to insert spontaneous volunteers into their organizations in the middle of a crisis. That said ALAN has and will again receive requests for specific expertise.

  • Review relief needs – Check the ALAN web portal and respond to or see if you might help find a match for a specific donation request. Visit the Relief Needs section on the homepage at

Thank you for your interest in applying your specialized skills to help during this humanitarian crisis.

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