collage of AIM Global Disaster Response work

 

Rapid Response and Disaster Recovery

AIM's 30+ years of Emergency/Rapid Response in support of 140+ Global Operations has equipped us with the experience, agility, and adaptability required to support relief, recovery, and/or reconstruction efforts as a result of natural or manmade disasters. 

These are the situations in which AIM excels…the most demanding conditions, 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.

CASE STUDY

AIM's Rapid Response following three successive Cat-4 hurricanes in late summer/early fall of 2017

In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, AIM quickly mobilized personnel and equipment to support recovery efforts in Houston, Texas and Puerto Rico. In fact, we were among the first to arrive in Puerto Rico upon the reopening of San Juan airport. During the 15 months that followed our initial boots-on-the-ground assessments there, our Response Teams continued to support reconstruction and normalization efforts across the island. Our scope supported the U.S. Military efforts and aiding of local residents. Working under the LOGCAP IV program, we provided procurements for generators, ATVs, MHE, and heavy equipment and managed logistics for supplies and equipment procurred in Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland, including critical Line Haul Transportation across the island. We also directly supported the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), providing both staffing and construction services.

Engaging a 100% local workforce, we also procured/provided:
• Potable Water/Ice
• Waste Management
• Personnel Camps Construction
• Facilities and Camp Operations and Maintenance (O&M)
• Life Support Activities (LSA)
• Consumables and Supplies
• Warehousing and Warehouse O&M

In emergency situations, AIM works with Government and Defense Agencies as well as private industry. We hire, train, and deploy the right people for a variety of service offerings, including:
• Workforce Solutions and Project Staffing
• Procurements, Logistics, and Line Haul Transportation
• Warehousing, Warehouse O&M
• Personnel Camps Construction
• Camp O&M
• Life Support Activities: Potable Water, Food, Fuel, Laundry, Consumables, etc.
• Demolition, Cleanup, and Construction
• Security Personnel
• Financial Assessments

Our Emergency Response experience is global. We have built and maintained temporary and permanent housing (Personnel/Man Camps) in challenging and remote areas such as Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia, as well as supported several FEMA efforts. We follow OSHA regulations, stressing 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 communities.

AIM inspection of Army personnel camp facilities in Puerto Rico, post hurricane Maria in 2017

AIM in Puerto Rico

From October 2017-December 2018, AIM's local workforce logged 163,000 man-hours  working under the LOGCAP IV program for U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). We procured and/or provided:

General Labor

61 Local Personnel Hired for:

  • Warehouse O&M
  • Materials Control
  • Logistics Coordinators
  • MHE & Heavy Equip. Operators
  • Crane Riggers
  • Heavy Truck Drivers
  • Rough Terrain Container Handlers (RTCH)

Personnel Camps/O&M

  • Constructed 30'x20' Tents
  • Installed 24' / 40' Office Trailers
  • Installed AC, Power, Lighting
  • 18 Latrines
  • 6 Handwash Stations

Life Support Activities (LSA)

  • Medical Laundry and Decontamination Services
  • Total 52,000 Water Bottles
  • Total 349,000g Potable Water
  • Total 16,000 bags Ice

Line Haul Transportation

  • 30 Semi and Box Trucks
  • 30 Drivers Drove 716,250 Miles
  • 65,426 Man-hours Driven
  • A+ Driver's Safety Score (98%)
  • Mission Critical Deliveries of Generators, Poles, Bases, Transformers, and Cables vital to the restoration of power to most of the island

Waste Management Services

Supported 3 locations, including two U.S. Military Installations; Multiple sites across Island; Procured and maintained Dumpsters/Wastewater Tankers.
Totals Removed/Disposed
(in accordance to Gov't regs)

  • 438 Tons Solid Waste
  • 891K gallons Black/Grey Wastewater
  • 570 lbs Medical / HAZMAT

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

“I'm proud of the dedicated efforts our people on the ground delivered 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


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

Hurricane Restoration Support – Rapid Response to Houston, TX USA and Puerto Rico  (2017-2018)

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 besieged 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 Western 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 six self-contained encampments in Liberia. We recruited a local workforce, vetting them for trade skills and clear backgrounds. We constructed five Force Provider camps and six Treatment Units, following WHO containment guidelines and provided Life Support Activities (LSA) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M), including the proper disposal of medical waste. 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 O&M for the camps throughout the life of the contracts, managing from three to 250+ buildings on a single contract.

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. Ensuring the health and safety of our employees was paramount on this project, with Safety Managers monitoring heat stress as workforces worked in Level D protective coveralls in the Florida heat. 

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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