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FEMA Turns to New Warehouse to Improve Disaster Services

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Everyone—from Red Baron Pizza to the Federal Emergency Management Association—has storage needs. In fact, FEMA works with CWI Logistics’s Groveland and Auburndale warehouses to store disaster relief supplies for both state and national use. Most of us are pretty familiar with commercial storage, but let’s explore the FEMA example a bit further. Several years ago, FEMA opened up a new state-of-the-art distribution hub in Atlanta, Georgia. Partnering with the General Services Administration (GSA), the Atlanta distribution center uses the power of logistics to reach disaster survivors in need, supplying them with food, water and emergency equipment.

Built in 2010, the Atlanta facility serves as a model for the entire agency and services disaster sites nationwide. With 406,000-square feet of storage, it has four times the capacity of FEMA’s previous warehouse. And compared to the previous facilities 4 dock doors, the 117 doors featured in the new facility is a badly-needed upgrade. Twenty thousand square feet of the warehouse is temperature-controlled and holds up to 2 million disaster relief meals. In this case, humidity and temperature control is of vital importance to make sure that these meals have as long a shelf life as possible.

Like CWI Logistics, FEMA also relies on a logistics supply chain management system to boost efficiency, improve inventory accuracy and streamline the overall supply chain process. For FEMA, that means faster disaster response times and the ability to get more badly-needed disaster supplies to a larger group of people. For commercial enterprises, that means getting your product to your consumer in the highest quality condition in the least time possible.

Not every company has the federal government’s budget, but they do have the ability to outsource crucial warehousing and distribution functions to a company like CWI Logistics. Offering the same level of service, capacity and state-of-the-art, value-added capabilities, we’ll help you navigate the supply chain so you can focus on your core competencies. Searching for the perfect logistics partner? Give our professional team a call today.

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