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UPS Joins Louisiana Emergency Relief Team; UPS Accelerates Movement of Hurricane Relief Supplies, Launches 'Operation Expedite Help' For La., Miss., Ala.

Submitted by: UPS

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Sep 08, 2005 – 12:00 AM EST


Sep. 08 /CSRwire/ - ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 8, 2005--UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced it had begun working directly with the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to support the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

In Louisiana, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has organized a team to help direct the state's emergency relief effort. UPS is supporting the distribution and logistics efforts of that team.

In consultation with Gov. Blanco and also with Mississippi Gov.
Haley Barbour, UPS has placed individual liaison officers at the command of the state governments. Two hurricane relief officers have been assigned to each of the two states, one to the governor and a second to the top Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official in the state. These UPS managers will remain accessible at all time to ensure that any emergency movement of food or supplies is handled as promptly as possible.

In Alabama, where damage from the hurricane was less widespread, UPS nonetheless is working with Gov. Bob Riley to ensure that any transportation needs are met.

As of Thursday, UPS already had moved more than 4 million pounds, or 2,000 tons, of supplies for the relief effort.

"UPS is pledging its people and equipment to assist the states as part of what we call Operation Expedite Help," noted Mike Eskew, UPS's chairman and CEO. "Katrina has stretched the resources of every local, state and federal agency. The business community can play an important role in the relief effort and that's why UPS has established Operation Expedite Help.

"We've all got to work together to help the residents of these areas recover and rebuild," Eskew continued. "UPS is working hard to assist its own employees and is pledging its vehicles, airplanes, people and expertise to assist the states, just as we have already done with FEMA."

Over the past 10 days, UPS has transported more than 4 million pounds of relief supplies for federal, state and private relief organizations responding to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The effort, with starting points ranging from California to Vermont, has involved both air and ground movements and focused primarily on the transportation of water, medicine, baby formula, non-perishable food items, emergency supplies and paper goods.

Beyond those items, UPS also has moved a mobile kitchen for the U.S. Park Police; a mobile hospital from Reno, Nev., to New Orleans, and child-sized cots from California to Dallas. The company now is arranging the move of a mobile water treatment system from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Gulfport, Miss.

UPS Supply Chain Solutions, UPS's logistics arm, also has been asked to assist the Salvation Army in setting up a new distribution center for hurricane relief outside Atlanta.

UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS) and the company can be found on the Web at UPS.com.

Hurricane relief B-Roll available at www.pressroom.ups.com/katrina

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements made in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of UPS and its management regarding the company's strategic directions, prospects and future results, involve certain risks and uncertainties. Certain factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including economic and other conditions in the markets in which we operate, governmental regulations, our competitive environment, strikes, work stoppages and slowdowns, increases in aviation and motor fuel prices, cyclical and seasonal fluctuations in our operating results, and other risks discussed in the company's Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which discussions are incorporated herein by reference.

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