Supply chains rely on many moving parts in order to be effective. But when ensuring that supplies and aid reach disaster areas efficiently, there are even more factors to consider.
The saying goes that you should always expect the unexpected — and there are few situations where this advice is more pertinent than in disaster relief logistics.
In times of crisis, disaster relief efforts rely on a complex supply chain network and inventory management in order to procure and transport resources to those in need. While a commercial supply chain is dependent on a number of similar processes — such as production, supply, warehousing, and distribution — disaster relief operations have other important factors that need to be taken into account. These can include the type of disaster, the damage done to infrastructure, the ability to reach affected areas, the equipment and personnel available, and resource constraints.
Because many types of disasters either occur unexpectedly or with an intensity that is hard to predict, it’s vital to rely on a resilient and adaptable supply chain. In this way, nonprofits and other charitable organizations are poised to respond efficiently when disaster strikes.