Disaster logistics is defined as management of relief material to be delivered to the affected people and area in times of disaster. Many severe disasters have taken place in recent years and disaster management has been a global concern for years. Disaster logistics business review shows that there is a need to mobilize resources and expertise in an efficient manner.
Disaster management for years was seen on a single level but now logistics and transportation market research reports consulting has led to a more broad view in which disaster logistics have been stratified. For the last few years the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been testing technologies to improve disaster logistics. The goal of this is to combine the technologies to develop a system which would have the following functions:
Resource management which will be an automated database of the human and physical resources responding to the disaster including warehousing/inventory management
Planning through a library of Emergency Response Plans that can be selected, activated and easily managed in times of crisis
Incident Management through a system designed with the user in mind to facilitate workflow of any emergency agency.
Operations Command and Control through geo-spatial mapping for actual/live responses as well as disaster logistics asset tracking.
Transportation and Shipping of relief material like medicines, food supplies and water from origination to destination with tracking via GPS transponders.
Simulation/Drill Exercise Automation to better prepare people and authorities to deal with crisis.
Other agencies like Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) have offered small regions assistance. EMAC provides a responsive and straightforward system for US states to send personnel and equipment to help disaster relief efforts in other states. Despite this sometimes the disaster scenario is overwhelming and so many emergency agencies are turning towards the private sector partners for supplies and equipment. Big companies like Walmart also undertake efforts to assist as they have developed their logistics sector to distribute relief supplies to communities in need immediately after a disaster takes place.
The US is a great example of developments in disaster logistics and has shown the strength of community effort. This is evident by the fact that 22 out of the top 50 retailers in the US aid the EMAC by directly supplying resources. This also brings out the fact that disaster logistics must have a comprehensive Supplier Management that allows the retail community to receive and fulfill orders for needed supplies and equipment. Warehousing also plays a crucial role in keeping relief supplies safe. World Vision has 11 warehouses of donated goods in the US alone and represents a vital source of needed supplies and equipment to the emergency management community.
Disaster logistics is a growing sector that has immense potential for future growth as well. The US clearly displays the benefits of community building that will augment disaster logistics development. The mobilization of resources and proper information system are the key to success in the field. Organizations that receive assistance from private players are expected to be the growth drivers.
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