ATLANTA - Amazon has established its first Disaster Relief Hub near Atlanta, which will house emergency supplies to assist its front-line community partners in responding promptly to natural disasters in the Southeast United States, the Caribbean, and Central America.
Due to Atlanta's proximity to the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and Central America, the hub will allow Amazon's community partners to respond promptly to hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and incidents.
Initially, the Disaster Relief Hub will support six global humanitarian aid organizations: the American Red Cross, Direct Relief, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and World Central Kitchen. The 10,000-cubic-feet of fulfillment center space will store over half a million Amazon-donated relief items. The space is large enough to load an Amazon Air 767 cargo jet and distribute crucial supplies quickly in the event of a catastrophe.
Amazon's disaster relief and response activities take advantage of the company's solid operational excellence, new technologies, and global logistics network to provide quick and effective support to operations worldwide dealing with large-scale natural disasters.
Amazon has also provided solar-powered lights to those living without power after tsunamis, enabling customers to give products and cash on their website easily. They also utilized their Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services to help organizations such as governments and nonprofits expedite response activities at scale.
In response to 59 natural catastrophes throughout the world, Amazon has also donated more than $29 million in cash and in-kind products since 2017.