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Support Before and After Disaster Strikes


Support Before and After Disaster Strikes

The effects of a disaster continue long after flames extinguish or flood waters recede. The lasting impact on communities depends on many factors, from the documentation of physical infrastructure in place before a crisis and coordination among relief partners, to the scope and duration of recovery efforts.

Knowing that every stage—from years before to years after a disaster strikes—affects a community’s long-term outcomes, The UPS Foundation aims to provide integrated support to help communities prepare, respond, and recover. Here are a few of the ways we helped in 2018:



The UPS Foundation provides loaned managers, technical assistance, and global thought leadership to help communities and relief partners expand their capacity and reduce risk in advance of disasters.

  • Launched a Community Pandemic Preparedness Program in Uganda, helping the Red Cross reach out to small businesses and conduct disaster resilience workshops.
  • Celebrated the five-year anniversary of Saglam Kobi, a suite of online tools and workshops designed to increase disaster preparedness. We expanded access to these tools by working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to create the “Resilience in a Box” toolkit.
  • Collaborated with Mexico’s National Center to Support Epidemiological Contingencies and Disasters (CENACED) to develop resilience workshops for small and medium enterprises in Mexico City.
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During sudden-onset disasters and complex emergencies, UPS mobilizes logistics experts and our global delivery network to transport urgent relief items to communities in crisis.

  • In 2018, The UPS Foundation responded to 29 disasters around the world. We donated more than $2 million in the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, funded more than 200 shipments of supplies, and coordinated relief efforts on the ground.
  • Contributed $400,000 to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Fund, enabling the organization to open shelters to serve those left homeless by wildfires in California, as well as provide supplies to fire survivors and responders.
  • Provided funding, technical, and in-kind support to relief partners in Indonesia after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the island of Sulawesi.


A core mission of The UPS Foundation’s Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program is seeing areas impacted by disaster through to recovery—even if it takes years.

  • Shipped construction and building materials to communities still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and sent 53 relief shipments on behalf of UNICEF to those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
  • Transported shelter supplies to a refugee camp in Bangladesh for refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar and partnered with the Salvation Army to install solar-powered LED lighting in temporary housing.

Additional Community Resilience Stories:

Expertise in Times of Crisis

In the face of a crisis, monetary and in-kind donations made by The UPS Foundation can make a big difference to the communities that receive them.

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Delivering Care Where It’s Needed Most

Part of The UPS Foundation’s mission is strengthening communities’ capacity to handle crises and disasters.

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Logistics That Save Lives

Technologies are enabling important breakthroughs in the delivery of medical supplies to remote areas.

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