Chapter 4

Supporting Global Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Efforts


check Gaining a perspective on the need for global logistics relief support

check Identifying the key players in providing global disaster relief

check Understanding roles in providing humanitarian and disaster relief (H&DR) logistics support

check Considering the costs and impacts of providing H&DR support

Once your company becomes more comfortable with its global logistics operations, it is highly likely that at some point in time you may be asked to provide humanitarian and disaster relief (H&DR) logistics support services. As the world’s population continues to grow, each disaster that occurs has an increased chance of affecting a significant number of people.

Disasters can be natural, man-made, or a combination of both causes. Some of the largest natural disasters in recent history — listed in descending order of lives lost — include the 1976 Tangshan earthquake in China that killed an estimated 450,000 people, the 1970 Bhola cyclone (in what is now Bangladesh) that killed an estimated 375,000 people, the 2004 Indian ...

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