Logistic operations for emergency supplies

Options available to emergency planners for the coordination, prioritisation and acquisition of emergency supplies.


Logistic Operations for Emergency Supplies

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The objective of this guidance is to provide a common understanding of the options available to emergency planners for the coordination, prioritisation and acquisition of emergency supplies.

This guidance is based on the following key principles:

  1. Local Resilience Forums should set up a multiagency
    logistic support capability as a standard part of their emergency planning, response and recovery arrangements.
  2. Regional Offices should facilitate logistic support arrangements within a region.
  3. Central Government should provide strategic guidance and advice; also support and coordination in the event of exceptional circumstances.
  4. At all levels, stockpiling of supplies should be a last resort after all other options have been tested.

The guidance sets out the expected roles of:

  • LRFled logistic support cells.
  • Government Offices in the Regions.
  • Central Government.

Based on locallevel best practice, the guidance also provides a check list of options and considerations for:

  • Prioritising requirements for emergency supplies.
  • Choosing the appropriate method of supply acquisition.

For the purposes of this document, logistic operations refer to the coordination of the acquisition, distribution and replenishment of supplies essential for the response and recovery to an emergency.

Accepting that one size does not fit all, we expect emergency planners to use this guidance as a source of information for logistic planning and to adapt the information and advice to fit within a plan that best suits their local arrangements.

Published 1 August 2009