collage of AIM Global Disaster Response work

 

Rapid Response and Disaster Recovery

AIM's 30+ years of Emergency/Rapid Response in support of 125+ Global Operations has equipped us well with the experience, agility, and adaptability needed to support relief, recovery, and/or reconstruction efforts as a result of natural or manmade devastation. We are currently mobilizing our resources to help the victims of Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael. AIM teams are addressing cleanup, logistics, restoration, and reconstruction from flooding and destruction in North and South Carolina and Florida, employing the same tenacity and tactics we used during recovery efforts in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricane season.

Immediately following the destruction left from three major hurricanes in 2017, AIM quickly mobilized personnel and equipment to support the recovery efforts in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. A year later, our Response Teams continue to help reconstruct and normalize Puerto Rico under the LOGCAP IV Program. We continue to provide procurements, logistics, and camp operations, heavy equipment transportation, and warehouse operations and maintenance. We are also directly supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) by providing both staffing and construction services to the Government.

This is where we excel…in the most demanding situations where stakes are high, resources are scarce, and people are in need. Our many years of experience managing the unexpected enables us to quickly assess what is required and prepares us for extreme challenges like those we face now.

We work with Government, Defense Agencies, and Private Industry and hire, train, and deploy the right people for the task at hand. We provide a variety of services in the areas of:

• Workforce Solutions and Project Staffing
• Procurements and Logistics
• Personnel Camps Construction
• Camp Operations and Maintenance
• Life Support Activities, including Potable Water, Food, Fuel, Consumables, etc.
• Demolition, Cleanup, and Light Construction
• Security Personnel
• Financial Assessments

We have built and maintained temporary and permanent housing (Personnel/Man Camps) in challenging and remote areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and Somalia, as well as supported several FEMA efforts. We follow OSHA regulations; stress safety, health, and environmental considerations in the performance of all job tasks; and train personnel in regulatory compliance.

AIM hires local residents from disaster-affected areas, putting them back to work and providing them with opportunities to help rebuild their own communities.

AIM Manager, Rick Ramirez, with U.S. troops in Puerto Rico. AIM is supporting relief and recovery efforts on the island under the LOGCAP IV Program for Northcom

AIM in Puerto Rico

Working under the LOGCAP IV Program for U.S. Northern Command and for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, AIM's Assessment Team began recovery efforts on Day One after the reopening of the San Juan Airport. We began working under the LOGCAP IV program and in support of the USACE, immediately executing contract operations for tasks such as:

  • Waste Management Services Solid waste, black and grey waste water, medical waste, and HAZMAT waste removal
  • Shipping Container Transports
    Port coordination, transport, and delivery of over 100 shipping containers from the Port of San Juan to Aguadilla and the Naval Station Roosevelt Roads
  • Material Handling Equipment
    Procurement of a variety of MHE assets to support sustainment efforts
  • Potable Water Supply Procurement for >30,000 gallons of potable daily to support 1,700 military personnel

AIM quickly acquired tankers to haul potable water to areas of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
AIM potable water tankers in Puerto Rico

“AIM personnel reacted immediately after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico... flying in the day the airport reopened to perform rapid assessments and mobilize for recovery work. I'm proud of the dedicated efforts our people on the ground continue to deliver for NORTHCOM in support of LOGCAP IV and for the USACE. And, as always, I'm thankful we can offer employment opportunities to locals so that they can have a hand in rebuilding their lives and their communities.”

– Michael Child, CEO, AIM World Services, Houston HQ, October 3, 2017


Agility • Efficiency • Knowledge
AIM's Success in Emergency/Rapid Response and Disaster Recovery Dates Back Two Decades

Hurricane Maria Aftermath – Rapid Response to Puerto Rico  (2017)

Upon the reopening of the San Juan airport following the devastation left by Hurricane Maria, AIM deployed our Assessment Team to support recovery efforts on Day One. With management staff on the ground, we were able to source and vet candidates, vendors, and suppliers, enabling us to rapidly react to customer requirements. As a result, AIM was awarded a logistics support contract and an operations and maintenance contract in support of the LOGCAP IV Program. Executing contract operations within 12 hours, AIM supported task orders for Waste Management / Removal Services (solid, black, grey, medical, HAZMAT), Shipping Container Transports, Material Handling Equipment, Potable Water Supply. 

Ebola Epidemic (2014-2015)

In 2014, Western Africa was beseiged with a deadly Ebola outbreak, which rapidly affected over 28,000 people and ultimately killed over 11,300. Within months it advanced to 6 countries in Africa and the U.S. In an attempt to stem the spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) rallied for support. AIM responded to a project sponsored by the U.S. Army for the building of self-contained encampments in Liberia. We recruited primarily locals, vetting them for trade skills and clear backgrounds. We constructed five Force Provider camps and six Treatment Units, per specifications by WHO, and provided Life Support Activities (LSA) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M). Once the outbreak was contained in 2015, we supported the decommissioning of the facilities.

Operation Enduring Freedom–Iraq (2003-2011) and Afghanistan (2009-2013)

During the aftermath of 9/11, AIM provided a wide array of services to the USDOD in support of U.S. troop deployment, first in Iraq and later in Afghanistan. We constructed Man Camps and provided Life Support Activities (services such as laundry, food preparation, recreation facilities, etc.). We also provided ongoing Operations and Maintenance (O&M) for the camps throughout the life of the contracts.

Deepwater Horizon/British Petroleum (BP) Oil Spill (2010)

The disastrous 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore well caused a massive oil spill and ensuing response to contain its encroachment on the Gulf Coast Shoreline of the U.S. Within 24 hours of the incident, AIM deployed 247 workers—over half of the 500 personnel required—to the area to begin cleanup. The task involved laborers, foremen/supervisors, large equipment operators, safety managers, and security personnel.

Northridge California Earthquake Recovery (1994)

The Northridge earthquake was 6.7-magnitude when disaster struck in the San Fernando Valley, 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles. There were 57 deaths and $20 billion in damages in this epic quake. AIM immediately deployed a team of Inspectors and Supervisors to help in the recovery effort, to ensure that all safety, environmental, and regulatory compliance issues were met during the demolition and cleanup.

Los Angeles Riots—post Rodney King Verdict (1992)

AIM supported FEMA's efforts to rebuild this urban area of Los Angeles after the riots in South LA and Korea Town in 1992. We provided a team of Inspectors to evaluate the damage to homes and businesses and oversee the demolition and cleanup efforts. There were numerous safety and regulatory issues to consider and manage over the life of this project.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (1989)

In 1989, the Exxon Valdez tanker struck Bligh Reef and ran aground, spilling crude oil into the Prince William Sound. AIM deployed manpower to aid the EPA and USCG in cleanup efforts in this remote, eco-critical location. Over the period of one year, this labor-intensive task required strict adherence to environmental and local governance.

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