Amazon says it’s completed the first of two relief flights to the Bahamas, delivering tons of supplies earmarked for the victims of Hurricane Dorian.
The first Amazon Air cargo plane arrived in Nassau on Monday with about 19,300 items on board, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reported in a tweet. The cargo weight amounted to 72,728 pounds.
“Huge thanks to the teams across Amazon who made this happen,” Bezos wrote.
Amazon and its customers have donated cash and more than 300,000 relief items, with a combined worth of $1 million, to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas and the United States, the company said today in a posting to its Day One blog. Donated items include personal hygiene products, food, water, clothing, tarps, generators and solar lanterns.
The items were packed aboard the planes at Amazon Air’s gateway in Tampa, Fla., and flown to Nassau for distribution by Amazon’s non-profit partners in the relief effort, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Mercy Corps and the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation.
“We form relationships with disaster relief nonprofits, and we ask them, ‘What do you need? What’s the challenge or gap?’ ” said Trang-Thien Tran, principal product manager for Amazon disaster relief. Customers can add to Amazon’s corporate contributions through Wish List campaigns or via the Alexa voice assistant (“Alexa, donate to Hurricane Dorian relief at American Red Cross”).
Amazon says it has supported relief efforts for 10 natural disasters in 2019. Since 2015, Amazon, its employees and customers have donated more than $15 million in products and cash for 25 disasters around the world — including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017, and Hurricane Florence in 2018.