FedEx prepares to send aid to Haiti

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis-based FedEx will soon be part of the massive stream of worldwide aid being sent to Haiti.  FedEx Communications Specialist Shane O'Connor said Thursday that local disaster response organizations are preparing for a massive relief effort following the catastrophic temblor.

"It's just overwhelming to look at those buildings and images of buildings crumbling and government buildings collapsing," he said. "It's just terrifying."

In response, O'Connor said, FedEx's Global Citizenship team is springing into action.  

"With this particular response we are donating a lot of cash dollars, $425,000, in support to the Salvation Army, Red Cross and a couple other major organizations," he said.

By teaming up with local charities and organizations, FedEx is hoping to ship the necessary food, medicine, and supplies to those in need.

"We'll be doing a lot of transportation support for these organizations as well," O'Connor said. "For example, with Water Missions International, we're sending down 25 water purification units, and each of these units will actually purify 10,000 gallons of water a day."

O'Connor says Fed Ex hopes to start sending planes to Haiti in about a week. Right now, the company is waiting for detailed news of the damage.

"We keep hearing the airport is up, the airport is down," he said. "It's very difficult. We have to stand in line and get slotted, and so when we get our aircraft ready to go down into Haiti, we'll be sharing that airspace with Air China and many others from around the world; people trying to get supplies into Haiti."

O'Connor said it could take weeks, even months, to transport all disaster relief supplies to Haiti.

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