Improving post-disaster humanitarian logistics with theoretical and empirical approaches

Riki Kawase, Junji Urata, Takamasa Iryo

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Abstract

Post-disaster humanitarian logistics (PD-HL) is a vital science for minimizing human suffering in the aftermath of a disaster. A major obstacle to suitable PD-HL operations is that the PD-HL system is poorly understood. This paper proposes several directions to improve PD-HL operations based on theoretical and empirical analyses. Two catastrophic events in Japan, namely the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (Tohoku disasters), and the Kumamoto earthquakes, can provide empirical insights into the PD-HL system. A comparison of these two disasters revealed that systematic problems, that did not surface following the Tohoku disasters, delayed PD-HL operations following the Kumamoto earthquakes. Lessons learned from these two disasters are identified and a corresponding model, which can provide theoretical insights to improve PD-HL operations following future disasters, is formulated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2019
Subtitle of host publicationTransport and Smart Cities
EditorsAndy H.F. Chow, S.M. Lo, Lishuai Li
PublisherHong Kong Society for Transportation Studies Limited
Pages145-152
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789881581488
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event24th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies: Transport and Smart Cities, HKSTS 2019 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 2019 Dec 142019 Dec 16

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 24th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2019: Transport and Smart Cities

Conference

Conference24th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies: Transport and Smart Cities, HKSTS 2019
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period19/12/1419/12/16

Keywords

  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Kumamoto earthquake
  • Push/pull-mode support
  • Tohoku disaster

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Information Systems
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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