Logistics to Supply Chain Management: The Path Forward in the Humanitarian Sector

Module 5 Assignment

Read “From Logistics to Supply Chain Management: The Path Forward in the Humanitarian Sector”, (link opens in a new tab or see attached) a white paper published by the Fritz Institute. Write a two- to three-page paper in APA format describing the role of logistics in effective disaster relief. Discuss the importance and challenges presented and strategies for improvement. Analyze how this information would improve the processes displayed in the Armenian response and recovery efforts.

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Module 6 part 1

Using the Winter Storm Scenario, please consider for your (downtown located) organizational supply chain management activities and responses.


Sunday, Monday 7:00 AM: A winter storm warning is issued by NWS for Saint Leo City as well as surrounding areas within 100 miles. The NWS predicts light snow that will likely mix with or change to sleet from freezing rain with significant icing possible by this afternoon. Ice accumulation will likely be between ½ and 1 inch, with highest icing potential near downtown. The public is advised to expect widespread power outages, damaged trees, and treacherous road conditions because of the ice storm. Local schools are beginning to announce closures for Monday. The local Incident Command has decided to dedicate closed schools as warming shelters to those without power. They need bottled water and have contacted your organization to provide it. They would like water delivered for three local school locations before 9:00 AM, as the storm is expected to get worse.

What questions would you have before accepting the mission? What considerations would you have for the weather? For procurement documents and invoicing? How would you deliver – one truck or multiple trucks? Would you send your team out to help in this emergency situation?



Module 6 part 2

For the next two module discussion activities, we will use a realistic inbound Winter Storm Scenario like the events in Texas in 2021. Each scenario/discussion will provide an update to the information and some topics for discussion. Please answer accordingly and for your (downtown located) organizational supply chain management activities and responses.


Monday, 1:00 PM:  Precipitation begins as wet snow for several hours, changes to freezing drizzle, and then freezing rain. Ice up to 1 inch thick accumulates on roads, sidewalks, trees, power lines, and houses. Wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour are reported in the area. Authorities are attempting to clear major roadways, but the dangerous conditions make it impossible to keep even the largest vehicles on the road. All roads are impassable. Emergency response vehicles are unable to respond to calls for assistance. Heavy accumulation of ice and wet snow causes dozens of trees to fall, taking down power lines. Power outages are widespread. Your school district has extended closures until Thursday and all local government buildings are closed.

You are the head of supply chain operations for a major food distribution company. What are your immediate actions in the first 10-15 minutes? Who is in charge? How will leaders communicate with each other and with employees? What are leaders communicating? Is there an alternate plan for communicating if the power is out due to downed power lines? What are your expectations for employees regarding attendance under these circumstances? Can you provide service with limited employees? Do you have mandatory reporting or telework processes? What risk do you have to consider to supply chain activities?


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