Do you ever think about the impact you have on those who receive the goods you’ve picked up, hauled across the country and unloaded at another destination entirely? Of course, most of the loads you’re hauling are chicken to the grocery store, equipment to jobsites, gas, lumber and the list goes on and on.  But what about those life-saving critical loads where you’re part of a massive intermodal transportation humanitarian disaster relief chain, supplying desperately needed goods like medicine, food, and water. 

Adding to the complexity is the urgent need to ship supplies in response to life-and-death situations, such as the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Many organizations are behind the scenes bringing aid to those in desperate need. One we are very familiar with is FEMA. FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

It doesn’t have to be a global effort but one right here in the United States. One such example is of what’s going on in Spicewood, Texas. For more than a year, nearly all of Texas has been in some stage of drought, ranging from mild to severe.  Texas’ largest city, Houston, had to begin getting water from an alternative reservoir when Lake Houston ran too low. Tanker trucks loaded with water have become a life-line to this small town of 1,100.  They came precariously close to being the first community to run out of drinking water during this historic drought. Spicewood got its first delivery of water on January 30, when it became evident that the wells could no longer supply the city’s needs. Spicewood plans to truck in water, at $200 per load, several times a day, for several weeks while the town comes up with other options.

So the next time you pick up a load, think about how it’s going to impact those on the other end. You just might be saving someone’s life. It is a shining example of the logistics effort at its finest.

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