FedEx Disaster Relief Support for Puerto Rico

In October 5, 2017

From baby formula to generators to bottled water, FedEx is stepping up to ship badly-needed humanitarian cargo to Puerto Rico and neighboring islands in concert with disaster relief groups working to help the hurricane-battered area.

In all, FedEx has shipped more than 1,500 tons of disaster relief cargo to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, with several hundreds of thousands more pounds expected to be delivered within the week.

The corporate citizenship efforts come on the heels of FedEx recently committing an additional $1 million in cash and transportation support to deliver critical medical aid and supplies to help communities recover after the devastating hurricane season as well as the earthquake in Mexico. The additional aid brought the company’s total commitment to $3 million in disaster relief over the past few weeks.

Here is a look at some of the FedEx disaster relief assistance:
• Last Friday, 80,000 pounds of relief supplies were shipped from Miami to San Juan, including approximately 20,000 pounds donated by FedEx team members in the Miami area. David Cunningham, president and CEO of FedEx Express, and Juan Cento, president of FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) division, were on the flight.
• On Monday, 158 pallets of baby formula was delivered to San Juan on a dedicated flight for the American Red Cross.
• Two pallets of insulin were shipped today to San Juan for Direct Relief.
• In collaboration with the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, 150,000 pounds of bottled water, baby formula, diapers, batteries, generators, pet food and other relief supplies will be shipped Thursday from Pittsburgh to San Juan.
Where Things Stand Now Operationally

FedEx Express revenue flights and delivery have resumed to Puerto Rico. Pickups are expected to start Wednesday in metro areas. A relatively small number of FedEx Express employees remain unaccounted for, many of whom are on leaves of absence.

For FedEx Freight, locations are open but with limited services. Some ocean shipments are experiencing delays.

Beyond Puerto Rico, revenue service has resumed in St. Thomas but not in St. Croix, where the airport is not expected to open for commercial flights until Thursday, Oct. 5.
If you would like to help:
• If you would like to contribute to the relief efforts, the best way is to donate to the Red Cross, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, International Medical Corps, Team Rubicon, Water Mission and The Salvation Army, all of which do a great job of helping those in need.
• As a reminder, please do not collect emergency supplies on your own on the assumption that FedEx will be able to ship them to the area. Our alliances with disaster relief organizations are the best way to help during this difficult time.