Tuesday, August 21, 2018

How to get the airport ready for disaster relief

A request made two years ago by the Airports Authority of India to DHL bore fruit in early August when a joint initiative by DHL, UNDP and AAI started the “Train the Facilitator – Get Airport Ready for Disaster (TtF-GARD)” programme at Kozhikode.

India is the first country globally where this programme is being launched. Given the rain and floods in Kerala, which struck the State days after the training, the workshop has come at a most opportune moment.

GARD was developed by the Deutsche Post DHL group in collaboration with UNDP with the aim of preparing airports in disaster-prone areas to handle the surge of relief goods coming in after a natural disaster. To date, GARD workshops have been held at more than 40 airports across the world. However, this was the first time that a workshop was held to train GARD facilitators.
Speaking to BusinessLine after the rain and floods hit Kerala, Chris Weeks, Director, Humanitarian Affairs, DHL Express and Lead Trainer for the TtF-GARD programme, points out that to run effective cargo relief operations in Kerala, what is needed is enough space, manpower, instructions, supplies and distribution channels.
21/08/18 Business Line