Atlas Logistique warehouse in Dnipro in Ukraine | © O. Marikutsa / HI
Mykhailo Gusevik, Atlas Logistique’s Storekeeper in Dnipro, explains the essential role of the logistics activities supported by the European Humanitarian Response Capacity (EHRC).
The European Humanitarian Response Capacity (EHRC),is the European Union’s new set of operational tools designed to fill gaps in the humanitarian response to sudden-onset natural hazards and human-induced disasters.
In Ukraine, massive shellings of critical and residential infrastructure led to people being left without housing and livelihoods, electricity, water and heating: at least 17.6 million people need humanitarian assistance. Since the beginning of the conflict, Atlas Logistique helps delivering the necessary humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people at the right time and the right place. This mobilization is possible thanks to the support of the European Union.
My name is Mykhailo Gusevik, I work as a Storekeeper at Atlas Logistique in Dnipro. At the moment, 18 partners are using our warehouse in Dnipro; those are international humanitarian organizations, and also one national organization.
Every partner stores from 10 to 400 pallets at our warehouse. In particular, we are keeping hygiene kits and food supply packages, generators, warm clothes, furniture, repair materials. For example, the Ukrainian charity organization Right to Protection is currently providing for shelters for internally displaced persons. Our partners are repairing those premises, so they use our warehouses to store construction materials, paints, brushes, furniture, mattresses etc.
Assistive devices for people with disabilities is also stored here. Those are crutches, wheelchairs, orthopedic mattresses and footwear.
About 17 cargo vehicles are loaded at our warehouse daily, which is around 100-200 pallets per day. We are making deliveries to Eastern regions of Ukraine from here.
We also maintain a warehouse with temperature control for storage of medications. Temperature is controlled by special sensors, which submit the information directly to the offices of our partners. It is very important. We are storing medications, which require maintaining of proper temperature conditions. For example, insulin, vital for people with diabetes. It is stored at the temperature of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. We are maintaining all the necessary conditions despite the energy crisis in Ukraine. During power cuts, we use a generator. We have an important responsibility before our partners and, first of all, before the people. This means that we have to be very careful in our professional activity.
I'm glad to work for this Atlas Logistique project. Millions of people in Ukraine require urgent assistance and we are the ones who are providing it. It is a very big and important work which is especially needed in our country right now.
The European Humanitarian Response Capacity (EHRC) is the European Union’s new set of operational tools designed to fill gaps in the humanitarian response to sudden-onset natural hazards and human-induced disasters.
Coordinated by the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC), the EHRC is based on 3 pillars:
1. provision of common logistics services to EU humanitarian partners (among others, air and land transport operations and warehousing systems);
2. prepositioned stockpiles of emergency items in critical areas worldwide;
3. provision of expertise, mainly in the health sector, currently under development.
Since April 2022, Atlas Logistique – one of HI's operational units – is intervening in Ukraine though the first pillar of the EHRC instrument. The EHRC and Atlas Logistique have been providing European logistics services to humanitarian partners via the logistics hubs in Vinnytsia, Dnipro and Kharkiv as well as the establishment of a trucking system to deploy humanitarian supplies to hard-to-reach areas where the needs are the highest.