Objectives of the project
Recent natural disasters in Europe (e.g. earthquake in Kefallinia Island in Greece, severe and extended floods in Italy, France, Great Britain, and Germany) stressed the importance of the design and operation of efficient and effective relief distribution networks, and revealed the limitations in preparedness policy, in terms of disaster logistics operations, at local and regional level.
Reviews from related projects, (both in the EU Civil Protection as well as in other interregional programs) having policy implementation character, reveal an opportunity for improving significantly relief logistics operations by addressing the following key issues:
Identification of main emergency logistic problems (e.g. pre-positioning of emergency supplies) from civil protection authorities point of view.
Creation of an e-library of best practices, lessons learnt and strategic/tactic actions for emergency logistics processes.
Development of a toolbox that will support decision making in terms of preparedness logistics operations.
To this end, the MELOGIC project aims at addressing emergency logistics problems in order to provide an integrated, easily applicable methodological framework for optimizing logistics preparedness operations. The main project objectives are analyzed as follows:
Categorization of main emergency logistic problems from civil protection authorities point of view
Creation of an e-library (data repository) of best practices and lessons learnt in emergency logistics
Modelling of emergency logistics problems and development of efficient methods to solve them
Design and development of a toolbox that will improve preparedness levels against natural emergencies
Theoretical and practical training of users and decision makers
Communication Plan and activities for diffusing emergency logistics importance to stakeholders
Actions and means involved
The proposed actions of the project are described below and will be developed in five levels:
Level 1: Identification and categorization of logistics problems (location-allocation models, resource allocation, evacuation models, and inventory control) in the preparedness phase,
Level 2: Identification, mapping, and exploration of various pre-disaster realistic applicable scenarios/strategies and creation of a library in the form of “living document” to be used by civil protection authorities in planning, training and management phases.
Level 3: Development of algorithmic tools to address the aforementioned logistics problems and implementation of toolbox to support pre-disaster preparedness operations, and training activities.
Level 4: Provision of theoretical training in emergency logistics operation to all key players.
Level 5: Practical training via the toolbox (by using certain what-if scenarios in selected areas) for demonstrating/challenging the effectiveness of the proposed intervention/strategies and a small scale exercise to simulate almost real emergency logistics demands.
The expected results from the proposed project are as follows:
Creation of an integrated plan guide in terms of relief logistics operations for disaster management and guides for each partner’s area of intervention for selected cases.
Provision of significant support to local and regional authorities for tackling operational problems that arise during the preparedness phase (via the establishment of best-practices library).
Better management of human resources (professionals, volunteers, national and international teams) and material/equipment in emergency situations.
A practical toolbox that will support decision making in planning/ preparedness procedures of the local/regional authorities.
Pilot/demo actions that will further enhance the experience of local/regional authorities in handling preparedness activities of natural disasters.