As part of the American Logistics Aid Network's (ALAN's) efforts to raise awareness and improve community resiliency they encourage individuals and companies to participate in disaster simulation exercises.

Several exercises are taking place over the next two months.

  • Exercise 24 Europe (X24 EUR), a virtual disaster relief exercise scheduled for March 29-April 1 will demonstrate uses of social media, crowdsourcing, and collaboration tools in an innovative cloud computing environment. The scenario is a complex simulated seismic event that generates a tsunami in the Adriatic with corresponding damage to essential resources and critical infrastructure in the Balkans. This represents an opportunity to participate in an exercise that will bring together the NGO, government, academic and business communities to cope with a large scale natural disaster situation. The National Defense University's TIDES program will be participating. Should you wish to participate click here for additional information and registration.


  • The 2011 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is an earthquake drill that will take place on April 28, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. in Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana*, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee (Indiana will ShakeOut on April 19th at 10:15 am). More than 6.9 million Californians participated in 2009's Great California ShakeOut, practicing Drop, Cover, and Hold On and other aspects of family, school, and organizational emergency plans. The ShakeOut is now spreading to other areas, including the Central U.S., Nevada, Oregon, and British Columbia. To find more ways that your organization or business can get involved, or click here to register for the ShakeOut.


  • FEMA's National Level Exercise (NLE 2011). In 1811, a series of major earthquakes struck the central United States along the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). In observation of the 200th anniversary of these quakes, several groups will host workshops, disaster preparedness exercises and more. One such event is FEMA's NLE 201), scheduled for May 16-20, 2011. This exercise will simulate a major earthquake and gauge regional catastrophic response and recovery activities to help identify gaps and opportunities for improving preparedness and resiliency. Businesses with interests in the central United States are encouraged to join FEMA's Private Sector Working Groups as part of this exercise. To learn more, contact For information on events commemorating the New Madrid earthquakes, visit

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About American Logistics Aid Network

American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) engages the supply chain community to support humanitarian relief efforts. ALAN makes supply chain-related donation needs visible to the logistics industry and establishes an efficient process for providing the necessary goods and services through its web portal,

About MHIA

Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) is a founding sponsor of ALAN and an international trade association that has represented this industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Member companies come from all areas of material handling and various parts of the world, making MHIA a strong national and international representative for the material handling industry. Much of the work of the industry is done within its Industry Group. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat 2011 and MODEX 2012 to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.

Contact: For more information on MHIA activities and programming contact Carol Miller at 704-676-1190/800-345-1815.