Strategies for Logistics in Case of a Natural Disaster

Report Number: NPS-AM-11-C8P22R01-074

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Keenan Yoho, Aruna Apte

Title: Strategies for Logistics in Case of a Natural Disaster

Published: 2011-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: NPS Faculty

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Keywords: Natural Disaster, Disaster Classification, HADR


The need to effectively and efficiently provide emergency supplies and services is increasing all over the world. We investigate policy options: prepositioning supplemental resources, preemptive as well as phased deployment of assets, and surge of supplies and services. We hypothesize that there exists a correlation between these policies and our disaster classification based on localization (dispersed or local) of the disaster and its speed of onset (slow or sudden). We believe that the creation of a matrix and designation of policies based on disaster type will facilitate the policy makers