FedEx is one of Direct Relief’s premier corporate supporters related to disaster preparedness and response. They have assisted in providing over 1,500 ready-packs to Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers in California and also pre-positioning hurricane preparedness modules to clinics and hospitals in the Gulf Coast and Latin America to ensure that healthcare providers are equipped ready to treat people as soon as a disaster strikes. In addition, FedEx has worked closely with Direct Relief to deliver aid to disaster-affected areas, from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, to numerous tsunamis and floods in Asia, to the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
By giving Direct Relief access to our powerful global transportation network, we help them serve more people with essential medical provisions. We applaud their work and look forward to continuing our support of this outstanding organization.” Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President and CEO, FedEx Corporation
For over two decades, FedEx has supported Direct Relief through cash grants and in-kind transportation assistance. As a result, Direct Relief has been able to deliver critical medical shipments valued at more than $100 million to locally-run healthcare facilities in more than 70 countries including all 50 U.S. states.
In September 2010, Direct Relief presented FedEx with its first annual Global Partner Award given to recognize FedEx’s leadership in helping people around the world prepare for and respond to emergencies.
FedEx helps Direct Relief equip Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers with packs full of critical medical supplies so that these trained medical providers are ready to immediately respond to a local disaster.
FedEx provides free shipping for Direct Relief USA programs that enables thousands of deliveries of medicines and supplies annually to 1,000 community clinics and health centers in all 50 states. With this support, Direct Relief has grown to be the largest medical donation program of its kind in the country. FedEx also contributes in-kind shipping for selected international shipments.
FedEx contributes free transportation for emergency response that allows Direct Relief to get essential pharmaceuticals, supplies, and medical equipment to partners around the world in the most efficient way possible. In 2010, the transportation assistance from FedEx was critical in Direct Relief’s response to the Haiti earthquake—the largest response in its 64-year history.
FedEx helps Direct Relief ready partners along the Gulf Coast and in the Caribbean for hurricanes with preparedness packs and modules filled with medications and supplies. By pre-positioning these items at healthcare delivery sites, the partners are equipped to treat patients immediately after a storm hits. Since 2010, FedEx has provided financial and logistics support to ensure that hospitals and clinics in Latin America appropriately prepared.
FedEx provides cash support for emergency preparedness and response efforts so that Direct Relief can ensure that partners in affected areas have the resources needed to help treat patients. This cash assistance has ranged from helping California clinics improve videoconferencing technology in 2006, to Southern California wildfires in 2007, to the Haiti earthquake in 2010.