The mission of Disaster Relief Transport is to provide timely logistical land, sea and air support for Relief Organizations when delivering emergency food, clothing, aid and shelter to victims of disasters.
DRT was formed to meet the needs of relief organizations that transport emergency supplies to victims of natural and man-made disasters around the world.
Response time is critical to victims and the cost of transportation is a concern for the relief organizations. DRT desires to fulfill the needs of both groups by providing air, land and sea transport at no cost or reduced cost to the relief organizations.
Disaster Relief Transport (DRT) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation established in 2009 for the specific purpose of providing timely air transport services in support of established relief organizations that deliver emergency supplies to victims of disasters.
DRT is organized as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization under federal law. Its activities are governed by a board of directors with technical and professional guidance from an advisory board. A chief executive officer manages the day to day operations.
Scope of Services
DRT is prepared to provide land, sea and air transport to deliver emergency supplies in cooperation with relief organizations to the victims of disasters. This enables relief organizations to focus their resources, time and energy on collecting and preparing supplies for the victims of disasters. The costs of transporting a plane load of supplies from the United States to a foreign country may range from $50,000 to more than $350,000 per flight, depending on the size of the plane and the distance of the flight. Since relief organizations have to pay these transportation costs, their resources are then diverted from the purchase and collection of supplies to their delivery.
The conception of Disaster Relief Transport was generated out of a need to deliver emergency relief supplies to victims of either natural or man-made disasters.
In these situations, existing organizations, such as Catholic Charities, Red Cross and LDS Charities, generally do not have a shortage of supplies, but a challenge in transporting supplies to the affected areas in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost.
DRT provides the transportation of these goods and is structured to provide land sea and air transport in order to distribute relief goods to disaster areas. Each tragedy is a mission unto itself. When a community based organization (CBO) contracts with an air cargo or plane leasing company to utilize their planes, they may discover that the delivery will not be as time efficient. These companies ship the goods or provide the plane as “fill-in” during their regular operations. Consequently, the emergency supplies may be flown to other destinations, arriving at the disaster site after a circuitous route and delays. DRT, in contrast, endeavors to deliver the emergency supplies from the pickup point directly to disaster areas.