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Modeling integrated supply chain logistics in real-time large-scale disaster relief operations

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  • Afshar, Abbas
  • Haghani, Ali
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    The goal of this research is to develop a comprehensive model that describes the integrated logistics operations in response to natural disasters. We propose a mathematical model that controls the flow of several relief commodities from the sources through the supply chain and until they are delivered to the hands of recipients. The structure of the network is in compliance with FEMA's complex logistics structure. The proposed model not only considers details such as vehicle routing and pick up or delivery schedules; but also considers finding the optimal locations for several layers of temporary facilities as well as considering several capacity constraints for each facility and the transportation system. Such an integrated model provides the opportunity for a centralized operation plan that can eliminate delays and assign the limited resources to the best possible use.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 327-338

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:soceps:v:46:y:2012:i:4:p:327-338

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    Keywords: Disaster relief; Emergency response; Supply chain; Logistics; Network flow; VRP; Location problem; Equity;

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