FedEx Support for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts in the Philippines

by Press Release on 2013-11-17 00:43:28

FedEx is FedEx Logo pleased to join forces with Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International to move an entire MD-11 full of supplies directly into Cebu so they are best positioned to move quickly into impacted areas. With strong collaboration between these two agencies and FedEx, the flight will be completely full with life-saving medical aid and supplies worth over $7 million.

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the typhoon, including our own team members in the region and their families.

As the details of the upcoming MD-11 flight solidify in the coming days, we will update this blog and provide more information on the schedule and routing.

November 13, 2013
We are proud to work Direct Relief as they respond to the destruction caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan. While the damage assessment is still ongoing, the NY Times estimates that at least 650,000 people are still displaced.

On the

morning of November 14, FedEx picked up 15,000 pounds (75 tons) of medical supplies (valued at $2.2 million) from their location in Santa Barbara, CA to begin the journey to the Philippines. Learn more about the important relief work Direct Relief is leading in Southeast Asia on their blog. Click here to view a video about the shipment.

November 12, 2013
As the world watches the tragic aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), all of us at FedEx share in the grief as we see the extent of the destruction. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, survivors, loved ones and first responders affected by this storm.

Internally, our first efforts were accounting for our own team members who live and work in the Philippines. We are grateful that they are all accounted for and safe. Yet, we know that so many families are still waiting for word on their loved ones and waiting for food, water, and supplies. Like so many around the globe, our thoughts turn to “How can we help?”

We are honored to work closely with disaster relief organizations (American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart and Water Missions) to donate transportation of equipment and relief supplies to impacted areas. While many agencies on the ground are still assessing needs, we are pleased to report that our first flights with aid are on the way.