Yeah, there’s no typical disaster. I wish there were, because then I could just create an SOP and go through the checklist every time. Our work actually starts well in advance of any crisis occurring. Let’s just take a weather event, for example, hurricanes, we’ve just come through a really active hurricane season. And, we know the types of things that are going to be needed every time. We know that in order for our partners to serve the communities that have been affected, they’re going to need a warehouse space. They’re going to need transportation to bring supplies into the area. All of the things that have to be replaced temporarily are needed. So, we’re building relationships. I would say that everything starts with building relationships, understanding who are the transportation companies for the trucking companies in a particular area who are the warehousing organizations and who are the ones who are proximate to a particular area.
Now we can’t do that for the entire United States, which is where our efforts focus, but we can look along those high-risk regions, right? So, the Gulf coast, the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern States. We know those areas are going to be more prone to particular types of disasters. And then we also were participating in a number of crisis exercises even throughout the last eight months of the pandemic. We still participated in exercises even as busy as our ongoing response operations have been, we have to do that. We need to understand, what would happen if there were a major earthquake along the Wasatch fault in Salt Lake City this year, I didn’t even know Salt Lake City had a fault line. So, understanding those things, participating in those things, building our knowledge base, building those relationships. Then as you get into the crisis, obviously you’re working with the nonprofit partners and saying, okay, what is it that you really need right now, how can we help support that? We take those needs in, then we go out to industry and ask who can support them. We’ve built these relationships, and ALAN is always about opportunity, not obligation. We recognize that, even if the business has committed to us ahead of time, that they’re willing to support something when it gets to the time of the event, things have changed.
Everyone’s operations have been upended this year. In some ways that’s provided more opportunity for us to work with businesses who may be a little slower. But, as fall of 2020 showed us, who knows what’s going to happen with transportation markets. It’s just all over the place. We get requests for support, for everything from five or six pallets of tarping material to cover roofs to, Hey, I’ve got 30 truckloads of food that I need to move. It’s really all over the place, but I think that’s kind of the fun for our volunteers is to say, look, this is something I’ve never dealt with before, but we can find a solution because of who we are, in who we know really.