Logistics Blog | The Grimes Companies in Jacksonville, FL


With hurricane season upon us, humanitarian logistics is at the forefront. In this specialized logistics branch, specialists organize supply delivery and warehousing during natural disasters or complex emergencies. Using proven effective disaster preparedness and relief organizing strategies, the affected area and people can receive needed supplies to support rescue and perseverance.

Disaster relief operations rely heavily on professional logistics efforts. Humanitarian logistics involves many processes such as the following that can affect warehousing:

• Different types and quantities of various resources often need specific types of warehousing

• Procurement strategies often affect warehouse inventory levels

• Supplies storage and its unique requirements

• Tracking and frequency requirement to conduct inventory

• The kinds of transportation needed for the disaster area

• The types of operations teams for each type of disaster

• The different types of plans needed to initiate and successfully complete rescue/relief

• Up-to-date and in place protocols to prevent needlessly contaminating and/or wasting rescue/relief supplies and/or efforts to effectively and efficiently help survivors

• Accurate research about available loading/unloading docks/areas to effectively and efficiently facilitate rescue/relief supply deliveries so they get to the correct destinations in a timely manner and amount

• Coordination of packaging, warehousing and delivery efforts can be affected by further disaster changes in the affected areas

• If warehouses in the affected areas are subject to changing and unpredictable weather, or ground changes (such as sinkholes suddenly appearing, rain, water affects, etc.) supplies delivery timetables can also be affected

When it comes to humanitarian logistics, the best prevention and preparation for disasters is to already organize emergency response plans before needing them. This means for employees of supply chain to know what to do in the event of a disaster.

Has your distribution center/warehouse initiated and implemented an emergency response plan? If not, for the sake of your local community please consider being prepared for a disaster before one occurs. It just might save your life and the lives of many near you.

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