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Deutsche Post DHL to Deploy Disaster Response Team to the Philippines to Support Relief Efforts



  Deutsche Post DHL to Deploy Disaster Response Team to the Philippines to
  Support Relief Efforts

  * DRT team will provide emergency logistics to handle aid
  * Team will be operating at Mactan Cebu Airport

Business Wire

BONN, Germany -- November 14, 2013

Deutsche Post DHL, the world's leading postal and logistics services group, is
sending the first members of its Disaster Response Team (DRT) to the central
Philippines today in the wake of the devastation wrought by super typhoon
“Haiyan”. They will help with on-the-ground airport logistics by setting up a
warehouse to help sort relief goods. They aid will then be transported to the
people in need as quickly as possible. The members of the DRT will operate at
the regional Mactan Cebu Airport on Cebu island right next to the country’s
most affected Leyte island. The DRT will manage the logistics of the inbound
relief goods sent via air or sea by the international community and help
ensure the quick and constant flow of goods to the people in need. According
to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(UNOCHA), over 10 million people are affected and more than 660,000 are
displaced. Officials in Leyte Province are reporting that hundreds have died
in Tacloban City in the most affected area alone. The region is in desperate
need of water, food, medicine, shelter, hygiene and sanitation.

“The situation in the Philippines, and in particular in Leyte province, is
simply devastating, and there is a critical need to provide food and water to
the people affected as quickly as possible. Our Disaster Response Team is
trained to provide logistics support to the relief effort at local airports
following a natural disaster and we welcome this opportunity to contribute our
knowledge and skills now in the Philippines. We know that in the immediate
aftermath of a disaster, regional airport logistics can very often encounter
bottlenecks which delay the delivery of life-sustaining relief supplies for
victims. Here, we can make a difference with our logistics expertise at a
crucial point in the relief effort and help to ensure swift and organized
handling of all incoming materials,” said Deutsche Post DHL CEO Frank Appel.

The DHL team, together with other humanitarian partners, has prepared a
temporary professional warehouse at the Mactan Cebu airport for the now
increasing influx of goods. The DRT will handle incoming freight, make a full
inventory and ensure the speedy loading of the most critical supplies onto
trucks or helicopters. Because roads are blocked or completely destroyed – and
because regular access to the smaller islands is limited – the DRT has
provided so-called DHL Speedballs, special bags with basic relief goods that
can be dropped from helicopters. At the moment, Philippine airport staff is
packing 300 Speedballs a day to be distributed to the affected region.

“Our DRT members are well-trained to provide hands-on effective logistics
support. The specific challenge in the Philippines is the complete destruction
of infrastructure and the geography with its many islands,” said Chris Weeks,
DHL Director of Humanitarian Affairs.

In cooperation with UNOCHA, Deutsche Post DHL established a global network of
Disaster Response Teams (DRT) in 2005 to support airports in the event of a
disaster. The DRT network consists of more than 400 trained employees who have
registered as volunteers and spans the three regions Americas, Middle
East/Africa and Asia-Pacific in order to be as close as possible to affected
areas. DRT teams provide logistical support at airports, free of charge,
conducting professional warehousing and inventory management, as well as
loading relief goods for onward transportation. From the time they were
established, the DRTs have provided logistical support as part of more than 20
deployments worldwide, three among them have been on the Philippines.

You can find the press release for download as well as further information on
http://www.dpdhl.com/pressreleases

Deutsche Post DHL is the world’s leading mail and logistics services group.

The Deutsche Post and DHL corporate brands represent a one-of-a-kind portfolio
of logistics (DHL) and communications (Deutsche Post) services. The Group
provides its customers with both easy to use standardized products as well as
innovative and tailored solutions ranging from dialog marketing to industrial
supply chains. About 475,000 employees in more than 220 countries and
territories form a global network focused on service, quality and
sustainability. With programs in the areas of environmental protection,
disaster management and education, the Group is committed to social
responsibility. In 2012, Deutsche Post DHL generated revenues of more than 55
billion euros.

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For more information, visit www.dpdhl.com

Contact:

Deutsche Post DHL
Global Media Relations
Christina Müschen, +49 (0)228 182-99 44
E-Mail: pressestelle@dpdhl.com
On the Internet: www.dpdhl.com/press
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