If first responders in a disaster do not get the supplies and equipment they need when they need them, then they cannot do their jobs. Dr. Dennis Duke from Florida Institute of Technology and Michael Hugos from SCM Globe co-presented a paper at the ITEC Conference in Prague CZ (http://www.itec.co.uk/).on the use of simulations to train disaster response managers to set up and operate effective supply chains.
We built a scenario based on the flooding disasters that happened in central Europe in 2002, 2010 and 2013. SCM Globe was used to design supply chains for responding to this scenario and exploring different options. We applied a three-part framework to describe activities in the disaster management life cycle as shown below.
[This flooding disaster scenario is available as a case study in the SCM Globe library – “Disaster Response Supply Chains – Flooding Scenario“]
Supply chains needed to support disaster response operations are different from commercial supply chains in that commercial supply chains are based on predictability, and disaster response supply chains have little predictability by definition.
The different parties involved in disaster response need to train together to learn how to work together effectively when real disasters happen.
Situational awareness is critical if all these different parties are going to cooperate effectively. When everyone can see what is happening and can also see what others are doing, people will start to self-organize.
People can collaborate to design and test out different supply chain designs to find the ones that work best as situations evolve.
When all can see how different supply chain designs perform, it becomes clear how to organize the supply chains that will work best.
Simulations will show where are the best locations to pre-position disaster relief supplies and what is the best plan for moving those supplies to expected disaster sites.
And when unexpected things happen, simulations are also an effective way to explore possible responses and see what works best.
As the different parties train together using simulations of possible disasters, they learn the same skills they will need to work together effectively in actual disaster situations.
Experience from using SCM Globe in courses taught online and in classroom shows it works well as a training platform for multiple parties to learn how to collaborate and cooperate to achieve common goals.
You can download a copy of this presentation from SlideShare here – https://www.slideshare.net/mhugos/itec-pres-managing-first-responders
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