First responders and emergency managers in areas commonly hit by hurricanes should understand how the private sector supply chain works, how it is affected by hurricanes and how to plan for these problems, because it is a question of when, not if, it will cause you problems.
In a poll of 101 Fortune 1000 companies, 62% of companies impacted by the 2017 hurricane season said they were not completely prepared. The inability to deliver goods or services will ultimately affect hurricane response and recovery.
Many but not all manufacturing and retail companies have logistics plans in place to ensure both the availability of product and fast response to hurricane-prone areas. It is a constantly evolving practice, though, as each season brings different challenges requiring new and better planning, especially as technology advances and new fixes to problems emerge.
A new series of articles about supply chain disaster logistics and planning covers several topics of interest to the Emergency Services Sectors, such as pharmaceutical supplies, warehousing and stockpiling supplies, security, relocating assets and driver shortages.
Coordinating with private sector partners before any disaster is vital to creating lasting partnerships, minimizing misunderstandings and avoiding supply delays. This should include both large national companies and smaller local shops, as both have strengths in such a situation.