Natural Hazards

, Volume 97, Issue 2, pp 683–726 | Cite as

Prioritization of cyclone preparedness activities in humanitarian supply chains using fuzzy analytical network process

  • Devendra K. YadavEmail author
  • Akhilesh Barve
Original Paper


During recent years, the importance of preparedness has increased with increasing frequency of disasters and the cost associated with relief and response activities. Therefore, this study is designed to present the identification and evaluation process of cyclone disaster’s preparedness activities also termed as measures. In this study, 27 cyclone preparedness activities have been prioritized considering six criteria—effective and immediate response, last mile connectivity, disaster resilient community, risk and vulnerability reduction, life safety and property protection, and sustainable recovery and rehabilitation. Moreover, the evaluation process for prioritization of preparedness activities involves significant uncertainty and subjectivity. Therefore, this study integrates the fuzzy logic with analytical network process, a multi-criteria decision-making tool to analyze and present the ranking of selected preparedness activities. Results of this research indicate that human resource management activities are the most needed preparedness activities to mitigate the risk of cyclone disasters in the Indian context. Lastly, sensitivity analysis has also accompanied to reveal the importance of weighing on the ranking of preparedness activities.


Disaster preparedness Humanitarian supply chains Fuzzy analytical network process (fuzzy ANP) 



Authors world like to express their sincere gratitude to the experts from Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Indian Red Cross Society, and IAG Odisha for their kind support. Author also extends acknowledge to two anonymous reviewers for their constructive suggestion to improve this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical SciencesIndian Institute of Technology BhubaneswarBhubaneswarIndia
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringMaulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) BhopalBhopalIndia

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