Industry News 5/16/2006

KIDS In Distressed Situations, Inc, & Fashion Delivers Prepare for Hurricane Season '06

KIDS In Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) & Fashion Delivers Prepare for Severe Hurricane Season 2006

Weather forecasters predict an aggressive hurricane season.

K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers prepare effective model to deal with distribution of basic necessities.

16 May 2006 - K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers are not-for-profit organizations that, through a united effort, successfully distribute needed product families whenever natural or man-made disasters occur.  K.I.D.S. provides clothing, shoes, toys, juvenile products and books and Fashion Delivers supplies men's and women's clothing and home fashions.  Built on a highly efficient infrastructure that facilitates the solicitation, processing and delivery of new product, families are able to receive basic necessities in a quick and targeted manner.  In a speech on November 10, 2005, President Clinton praised the organization for its exemplary flexibility and expediency in directing resources to those in need.

As impending and potentially devastating hurricane season approaches, K.I.D.S and Fashion Delivers released a new report detailing their Disaster Relief Action Plan.  Not waiting until this eventuality takes place, the plan presents an effective model that provides immediate aid ensuring that product does not languish in a bureaucratic maze.  This program stems from the vacuum previously left by agencies that lacked focus and from the successful experience during the Hurricane Katrina and Rita crises in which K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers delivered over $12 million in product directly to the hurricane victims.

Noted hurricane experts, Dr. Philip J. Klotzbach and Dr. William Gray, have predicted a well above-average season, already naming 17 storms, 9 of which are hurricanes, and 5 of those are Category 3 or higher.  The forecast indicates an 81 percent chance of at least one major hurricane striking the mainland, and a 64 percent chance of at least one major hurricane strike on the East Coast.

In order to respond quickly and effectively to these predicted challenges, the two organizations recently tailored and refined their model to address disaster situations with even greater capability.  The Disaster Relief Action Plan specifies how to facilitate corporate donations for initial and long-term cooperation.  In addition, timely distribution of product has been strategically designed to immediately target affected communities.  Together with dependable trucking brokers and regional partners, flow of product to affected communities will be swift and direct, reaching its mark without loss of time.

Highlights from the Disaster Relief Action Plan include amassing critical information regarding the scope and need of the communities in the disaster area, strategizing as to which industries should be contacted and communicating with donor corporations as to how their product will be, and has been, used.