The emergency response to the Haiti earthquake disaster has shown how critical logistics is in recovery missions. Haulage and courier companies are the key to the emergency responses with their global network of delivery service channels which are probably greater than the military’s capability.
DHL, for instance, has a “Disaster Response Team” who are working in Haiti to advise on logistics management with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Other courier firms such as TNT and UPS are also providing teams to the UN’s World Food Programme.
And although there has been a great focus on emergency supply shipments in the last few days, strong transportation services will still be important to Haiti recovery with the massive amount of re-construction now required to get the country back on it’s feet.