EADRCC Situation report No. 9 Hurricane Katrina - USA
1.1 Recovery and response operations continue in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. As of 18.00 on 30 September 05 commodity flights have been received. The only flight arriving on 12 September was the NATO aircraft, carrying goods donated by the Czech Republic. Little Rock AFB is still the primary airport being used for international donor flights. Throughput is remaining satisfactory. Four aircraft will arrive today. There are no NATO flights scheduled. Three of the incoming flights originate in EAPC nations: Russian Federation; Sweden; and Denmark (an UNICEF flight). The flight from Sweden delivers three GSM network stations from Ericsson and one assisting staff.
1.2 US Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of the Secretary has issued emergency exemption authority on a temporary basis to permit foreign-flag airlines to carry passengers and freight to and from the U.S. and any foreign point in support of relief efforts (in effect until 4 October 2005), and to engage in certain "cabotage" operations to carry passengers from one U.S. city to another in support of the evacuation and relief efforts (in effect until 19 September 2005).
1.3 DOT's Office of the Secretary has issued an emergency exemption that will permit air carriers normally licensed only for private air transportation services to offer their services to the public at large, including government and private relief organisation, in order to assist in hurricane relief effort. The exemption is in effect for 30 days, or until 6 October 2005 after which the need for continued exemption authority will be reviewed.
1.4 On Saturday, 10 September 2005, the US Government (USG) accepted some of the offers of assistance by Czech Republic, Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia; on Monday, 12 September 2005, also offers from Austria and Finland were accepted (accepted items are indicated in the tables in bold). Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia indicated that they would use the NATO-offered movement system.
1.5 Also Bulgaria and Lithuania informed the EADRCC that, depending on the validation of their offers, they opt to utilise NATO-offered airlift capabilities.
1.6 In light of this and with reference to the North Atlantic Council's (NAC's) decision on 9 September to offer NATO lift assets to transport requested items from Allied and Partner nations to the United States, EAPC nations are invited to utilise this Alliance capability in order to expeditiously move the requested assistance to the United States.
1.7 SACEUR, through its SACEUR OPLAN 10304 for the Provision of NATO Support to the US in Response to Hurricane Katrina will assist all EAPC nations in co-ordinating the movement of urgently needed material in support of humanitarian relief operations. The SHAPE Allied Movement Co-ordination Centre (AMCC) co-ordinates national offers of airlift. In this capacity, the AMCC will liaise with appropriate US transportation entities such as US Transportation Command and the US's Response Management Team's Operations Center.
1.8 SHAPE Allied Movement Coordination Centre (AMCC) has designated Ramstein Airbase, Germany as the European hub for the NATO air-bridge. Nations may be requested by the EADRCC, on a case by case basis, to transport their accepted donations to the Ramstein AB for onward movement.
1.9 Interested nations should immediately contact the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Co-ordination Centre (EADRCC) in order to request NATO airlift coordination. Nations who offered their assistance are requested to inform whether they will put their aid through the NATO-offered movement system.
1.10 If yes, nations are kindly requested to provide the following essential planning data by e-mail to the EADRCC:
a. Nature of the item(s) to be shipped, e.g. tents, pumps, blankets etc...
b. Weight in kilograms
c. Volume in metric
d. Dimensions in metric
e. Type of packaging e.g. bales, rolls, boxes, etc
f. Whether palletised or not. If palletised, specify the type of pallet(s) e.
g. Europallets or...etc g. If dangerous good e.g. HAZMAT etc
h. Where ( location ) available for pick up and when ( Specify The Date/Time/Group i.e. DTG) in GMT
i. Is the shipper is willing to move the items to be shipped to the designated point of loading?
j. Specify any other special instructions
k. Specify a telephone Point of Contact (POC), and if possible an alternative POC and the name of the person completing this questionnaire.
NOTE: It is important for that each one of the 11 lines of the above questionnaire be completed. Please indicate NO if the answer is negative.
1.11 The first NATO cargo flight, which departed from the Czech Republic on 11 September 2005 with 390 camp beds and 14 large tents, arrived in Little Rock AFB, Arkansas on 12 September 2005 at 2030 UTC.
2. The US authorities greatly appreciate the support provided by the EAPC countries in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. However, the US authorities are now sufficiently advanced in their efforts to feed hurricane victims and they have confirmed that no additional Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) are required. In addition, there is no further need for foreign personnel support.
3. Delivery point : Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas
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