Supply Chain Matters received an urgent email this morning routed from the Council of Supply Chain Management (CSCMP), which we are sharing with our reading audience in hopes that organizations can lend a helping hand.

It indicates that there is an urgent request from the New York City Office of Emergency Management seeking warehouse space for sorting, storing, and distributing the donations that have been pouring into the city to help survivors of Superstorm Sandy.  Details of the request are below.  A grant from our industry association partner Food Shippers of America ( will allow ALAN to provide partial support of logistics volunteer expenses.

Warehouse needs:

Distribution facility

  • Usage: store items donated for Sandy response (clothing, bedding, cleaning supplies, food – hopefully non-perishable –  and water)
  • 2 – 100,000+ square feet covered and secured space
  • Duration 90+ days
  • Location within 5 boroughs or close proximity
  • 24/7 access
  • Sites must have good, safe access and good ingress and egress.
  • Ample yard space


Animal shelter facility

  • 10,000-30,000 square feet heated
  • 30 day duration
  • Located within the 5 boroughs


Handling equipment needs – this will be fluid as it comes together

Definite needs

  • Forklifts conventional 6000
  • Pallet Grabbers and Chain sets
  • Pallet Jacks, electric
  • Pallet Jacks, hand operated
  • Pallets


Possible needs

  • Dock plates – dependent on facility
  • Portable loading dock ramps – dependent on facility
  • Forklifts extended reach with operators 12000 lb.


Volunteer staffing needs

  • Skilled forklift operators, warehouse and facility management


Any Warehouse, distribution or logistics organization that can render assistance to these needs should contact the American Logistics Aid Network,