PLANTATION, Fla. — On Saturday, November 3rd, a DHL Express helicopter took flight on its first of many relief missions bringing critical supplies to the most hurricane-stricken areas of Staten Island and Baldwin Harbor, New York. It was all part of a coordinated, local community effort involving DHL Express, East End Helicopter and various community partners to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
East End Helicopter, an Aviation partner of DHL Express, has been purchasing and storing bottled water, baby diapers, warm clothing, shoes and other supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims at its hangar in Long Island, NY. The supplies were also generously donated by local businesses and citizens as well as 9-1-1 Veterans of Long Island. DHL Express provided the aviation fuel which resulted in the delivery of nearly 12,000 lbs of critical supplies to those in the most devastated areas of New York. The relief flights will continue on Monday, November 5th.
“Hurricane Sandy created mayhem and left many folks without critical items like water and warm clothing,” said Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “By partnering with the local community and leveraging our logistics capabilities, we can get help to where it’s needed most and hasten the recovery efforts.”
DHL Express is also taking steps to assist its employees in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The Company set up a national employee donation drive to collect much-needed goods including warm clothing, non-perishable food, water and personal hygiene items for delivery to its employees in impacted areas throughout New York and New Jersey.