The 2017 hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria—each unique and record-setting storms occurring in quick succession—stretched the response capacity of emergency management and strained supply chains that facilitate the flow of critical commodities. These experiences revealed many strengths and the vulnerabilities in national and regional supply chains. Lessons learned from these hurricanes can inform future strategies to improve supply chain management.
Based on the National Academies study Strengthening Post-Hurricane Supply Chain Resilience, this document identifies opportunities across all stages of the disaster management cycle for increasing the post-disaster resilience of supply chains. A companion document provides an overview and recommendations from the Supply Chain Resilience study.
There are opportunities across all stages of the disaster management cycle for increasing the post-disaster resilience of supply chains. The diagram below [Figure 4.1 in the report] illustrates the diverse and highly interdependent information-gathering, preparedness, and response actions and needs involved in building resilient supply chains before, during, and after a disaster strikes.
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