In the aftermath and destruction of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Fuel Relief Fund deployed to Tacloban City, capitol city of the Philippine province Leyte. Fuel Relief Fund has been providing gas and diesel to aid individuals, other non-profit non-government organizations, medical groups, the United Nations and affiliated agencies, local police department, etc. for use in generators and vehicles.
The Fuel Relief Fund team is mainly operating out of a couple of Petron service stations where Fuel Relief Fund began giving fuel to the government and non-government organizations so that they could begin and continue their operations and aid to the local people in need. Next, the fueling was concentrated to the citizens of the local community. Fuel Relief Fund is in the process of finalizing logistics to begin mobile operations in order to expand the area of relief, which should be in the next few days.
Fuel is an important and critical need after any disaster such as Super Typhoon Haiyan. The fuel that is provided to individuals and organizations is used to power generators, vehicles, and other equipment needed to provide essential aid to those affected by the natural disaster.
Fuel Relief Fund is a global, non-profit organization providing free fuel immediately after a major disaster. It has responded to incidents including Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, Japan’s earthquake and tsunamidisaster, the major earthquake in Turkey, and Hurricane Sandy.
First of all, Fuel Relief Fund would like to thank all of the donors for their generous support of this response to help those in need in the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy. Without the generous outpouring of support, none of this would be possible. Each and every individual donation helps tremendously. We also want to thank GlobalGiving and their corporate sponsors for their generous contributions and special considerations in expediting funds for the efforts.
Fuel Relief Fund is a small organization that is making important and immediate differences in victims’ everyday lives.
This organization has been quietly responding to major disasters since Hurricane Katrina. It provided diesel to critical response operations in Haiti after the devastating earthquake there. They passed out kerosene to Japanese survivors for home heating after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. They distributed bags of coal to residents in Van, Turkey last November after the major earthquake in that region.
And now they have responded on-scene at the heart of the wreckage left by Superstorm Sandy. It started on Tuesday, October 30th when the Board of Directors of this non-profit, charitable organization decided response was needed and appropriate. Quickly after that a loaded fuel tanker was dispatched from Pacific Tank Lines in Riverside, California. Ted Honcharik, owner of Pacific Tank Lines and a founding member of the Fuel Relief Fund, jumped on a plane to assess the situation in advance. It took 3 days for the tanker to get to the East Coast (drivers of hazardous materials trucks are restricted in their on-duty time), but once there action began quickly.
On Saturday, November 3rd, the Fuel Relief Fund truck opened near a fire station in Hoboken, NJ. It dispensed free fuel to victims carrying 5 gallon fuel containers during daylight hours. The next day Fuel Relief Fund began dispensing in Staten Island, NY. Monday dispensing occurred in Long Branch, NJ.
In three days, the Fuel Relief Fund distributed gasoline and diesel in 5 gallon increments to over 1700 needy individuals. And they are helping by providing fuel to Red Cross, FEMA, National Guard, and local emergency response vehicles. Then, they needed to drive to Delaware to refill their tanker truck. Then, they returned with fuel and were met with a second tanker truck and more volunteers from Mansfield Oil, headquartered in Gainesville, GA. The fuel was given out in Union Beach, NJ; Rockaway Beach, NY area; Far Rockaway, NY; and the Sea Bright and Toms River, NJ area. The Rockaway, Queens area was the visual focal point for the post-storm impacts.
Bill Lavin, an Elizabeth, New Jersey fire captain assisting Fuel Relief in Hoboken, had this to say about the response efforts taken from an open email he sent the organization, “When you first told me you had a tanker full of "free" fuel to distribute to those in greatest need, I never fully understood the impact you would have. Hoboken, NJ on Saturday (sic) was remarkable to hear the residents express surprise and gratitude that some people would be so thoughtful and generous as to drive across country and provide the most needed resource to them and at no cost.
”I couldn't help but noticing, there was a line for water 20 people long, a line for food 30 people deep, and then looked at the line for fuel which stretched 250 to 300 strong. Validating exactly what you told me, without fuel, not much else can get accomplished.”
There are many more photos, articles, and testimonials that can be found on the Fuel Relief Fund’s website and Facebook page. Thank you, again, for your support of this effort to give relief and help to those most affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Dear Friends of Fuel Relief Fund,Just a week ago our organization received very exciting news. Global Giving has assisted Fuel Relief Fund with an extremely generous donation to provide disaster relief in Turkey.The people of Turkey have been suffering after the devastating earthquake that collapsed many buildings in Van and Ercis, leaving thousands homeless and struggling as temperatures drop below freezing. As you are all well aware three things are desperately needed there: food, water, and shelter. In the aftermath of this earthquake fuel has become the fourth necessity. It will be needed to provide heat, run generators or for transportation of people, supplies and equipment.On November 9th, we deployed two volunteers Van, Turkey. Members of Lions Club International have helped us tremendously by putting us in touch with people in Turkey who will assist us in distributing this gift. Please check our website and our Facebook page for updates on this latest relief effort. We will do our best to keep you informed of our volunteers' progress.
If you have any questions please feel free to call Kris Salas (909) 322-1481 or Ted Honcharik at (951) 233-0283.Thanks so much,Kris Salas
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