Disaster Response Logistics: Chief Findings of Fieldwork Research

  • José Holguín-VerasEmail author
  • Miguel Jaller
  • Felipe Aros-Vera
  • Johanna Amaya
  • Trilce Encarnación
  • Tricia Wachtendorf
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR)


This chapter discuses Disaster Response Logistics in connection with the Emergency Functions conducted by relief agencies, and identifies under-studied areas where logistic research could enhance operational effectiveness. The chapter establishes the socio-technical nature of Disaster Response Logistics, and the implications for disaster mitigation, preparation, and response. It relays the chief findings of the fieldwork research conducted by the authors, which support the development of policies to enhance advance preparation and coordination of disaster response activities.


Disaster management Disaster plans Material convergence Disaster preparedness Disaster response logistics Humanitarian logistics Emergency support functions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Holguín-Veras
    • 1
    Email author
  • Miguel Jaller
    • 3
  • Felipe Aros-Vera
    • 2
  • Johanna Amaya
    • 1
    • 4
  • Trilce Encarnación
    • 1
  • Tricia Wachtendorf
    • 5
  1. 1.Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment, and the VREF Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems, Civil and Environmental EngineeringRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Russ College of Engineering and TechnologyOhio UniversityAthensUSA
  3. 3.Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  4. 4.Industrial EngineeringUniversidad del NorteBarranquillaColombia
  5. 5.Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Disaster Research CenterUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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