n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Strategic inventory management for disaster relief
|Article Title||Strategic inventory management for disaster relief|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Institute for Management Scientists (SAIMS)|
|Journal||Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists|
|Author||Estelle Van Wyk, V.S.S. Yadavalli and Wilna Bean|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||32 - 41|
|Keyword(s)||CSIR Built Environment and University of Pretoria|
Not much can be done to prevent the occurrence of a disaster, but one can be prepared in the event of such a disaster. Prepositioning of aid supplies has become a crucial part of disaster management, providing the means to overcome the impact of a disaster and reduce the suffering and loss of life associated with these events. This study proposes a generic mathematical model that can be used to effectively identify the type of disaster and determine the quantities of aid supplies required in pre-positioning facilities in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) model is formulated to enhance the survival capability of people in the region directly after the occurrence of any of the disasters identified. A cost-benefit analysis is performed, using various budget estimates, to illustrate the functionality of the model.
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