Emergency Ice

A Necessity During Natural Disasters

Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Flooding and other natural disasters wreak havoc and sometimes total devastation of communities. After such disasters do their damage, recovery efforts take place to assist the community and the people so affected by the disaster. Packaged Ice becomes a necessity in most cases as water and electrical supplies are often either inoperable in the community or in some cases contaminated.

The Ice supplier(s) in the affected community may also have inoperable manufacturing facilities for a period of time until water and electrical services are restored. As well, normally FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association), the Salvation Army and the Red Cross will step in to help the community receive the products (Packaged Ice and Bottled Water) they will so desperately need until the infrastructure services are restored.

The International Packaged Ice Association whose members represent approximately 80% of all the packaged ice sold in North America offers the following suggestions in the event of a natural disaster:

  • First, since disasters are handled by the individual state affected, contact the affected state’s Emergency Management Manager. A link to all state emergency management managers can be found on the right side of this page.
  • FEMA’s contracted packaged ice vendors are: Unknown at this time. In 2006, the IPIA developed and implemented E-ICE, Electronic Emergency Ice System. E-ICE will allow the IPIA to know the loads ice members have available immediately (how much, who has it, where and whether trucking is available and how fast you can get it loaded).
  • If the IPIA can help, we can be reached at:

    Jane McEwen
    Executive Director
    Archie Harris
    IPIA Disaster Chair

  • Contact the local ice supplier(s) if at all possible should you have excess ice that you can donate or sell into the disaster area. The local ice supplier(s) will know best where, how and who needs ice the most. If you cannot reach the local supplier(s) or do not know who to contact, call IPIA Headquarters for assistance.