When a disaster occurs, the equipment required must be ready for shipment within 48 hours. DSV’s new warehouse provides easy access to both highways, ports and airports, ideal for disaster relief preparations.

The Red Cross has very specific needs for the design of the 2,000 m2 of warehouse space which DSV is making available to the organization. An office and a ramp for loading smaller vans inside the warehouse is on the wish list but of the highest importance is floor space and lots of it.

“Our new facilities are in the first part of the Hedeland distribution centre which will have a total capacity of 150,000 m2 when completed. Building from scratch provides a unique opportunity to equip the warehouses to better meet different needs including those of Red Cross. With the more flexible design of the new warehouse, Red Cross will be able to store and handle all the equipment they need for disaster management”, said Mr. Per Hansen, Director, DSV Solutions in Denmark.

Flexibility is crucial in ensuring a quick response from Red Cross when a disaster occurs. “The equipment we use for disasters vary depending on the nature of the disaster and the items differ in size and shape,” added Mr. Jesper Ranch, Disaster Response and Preparedness Manager at Red Cross and responsible for the distribution of equipment to disaster areas.

“It is absolutely crucial for us to have a large amount of free floor space. We need to be able to set up our equipment and test it to ensure that everything is working as intended before it leaves the warehouse,” he continued.