A Framework for Assessing Disaster Response Capacity

Lauren Seelbach
Partner: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Through case studies in Florida, Louisiana and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, we will develop a framework for emergency management organizations to evaluate how well their critical commodity stockpiles will meet the needs of disaster survivors in the immediate aftermath of an event. It aims to answer the questions: 'what is the optimal allocation of resources across warehouse locations, and what is the cost/time associated with meeting demand given both the current and optimal allocation strategies' and 'what is the impact of private involvement through donations, contracts, and other arrangements'. 


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