When Governments, International Organizations, NGOs and other UN agencies look to enhance their ability to respond efficiently and effectively in a disaster, they call on the UN Humanitarian Response Depots (UNHRD).
The UNHRD network, managed by WFP, is a preparedness tool that supports the strategic stockpiling efforts of the wider humanitarian community. Recognized as a leader in pre-positioning, storage and handling of emergency supplies and support equipment, the Network manages strategic emergency relief stocks, including medical kits, shelter items, ready-to-use foods, IT equipment and operational support assets, for a growing base of user organizations - all designed to strengthen and enhance organizational response efforts at the onset of an emergency.
The network consists of five strategically placed hubs, located in Ghana, UAE, Malaysia, Panama, Italy and Spain. Hubs are strategically located near disaster-prone areas, within airport complexes, close to ports and main roads. Because of this pro-active positioning, when emergencies strike, relief items can be delivered to affected areas worldwide within 24 to 48 hours.
UNHRD provides the humanitarian community a host of unique benefits in maximizing a coordinated response effort, including:
- Immediate mobilization of relief items within 24 to 48 hours from a request.
- Cost efficiency through the use of single network to procure, host and deploy relief items of multiple users.
- Turnkey solutions and support throughout the humanitarian supply chain—from procurement to delivery—through a centralized support office and via an integrated platform.
- Harmonization of relief items to maintain quality standards and facilitate an open marketplace for relief actors to lend and borrow items among themselves.
- A “One-stop-shop” customer service via a single entry point for the entire network.
- Staging areas at the onset of an emergency to decongest main entry points to crisis-affected areas and ease the flow of aid into the hands of those in need.
- Training facilities for humanitarian organizations and workers. All UNHRD hubs also provide training center facilities. The Brindisi (Italy) hub has been certified as a Center of Excellence for Training in Logistics.