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Project Title:

Building Adaptable and Resilient Supply Chains after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
PIN: PGA-OSP-17-03        

Major Unit:

Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Office of Special Projects

RSO: Augustine, Lauren Alexander

Subject/Focus Area: Policy for Science and Technology; Transportation and Infrastructure

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will conduct a study to document and understand the strengths and vulnerabilities of the supply chain network in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017.  The study will capture key lessons and observations around supply and distribution networks under strain during these hurricane events. The committee will address questions such as:

•         What was the state and knowledge of the pre-incident networks and capacity of critical supply chains, distribution systems, and infrastructure?

•         How were these systems impacted by the storms and how did subsequent response actions produce further effects on network integrity and operations?

•         What are the network structures, linkages, and/or behavior most susceptible to effective intervention?

•        How can supply chain systems be strengthened in the short term to be efficient in day-to-day operations and adaptable to sustain integrated disaster and humanitarian supply chain operations during catastrophic events?

The committee will produce a consensus report that builds on the understanding from events in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico that:

 1.    Describes how the supply systems were impacted by or during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in terms of commonalities and differences among effects seen in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

2.    Identifies crucial interdependencies, nodes, or key sub-systems within the supply chain system that have the potential to amplify or constrain supply chain function, operations or resilience.

3. Presents options or recommendations to build robust supply chains, distribution systems, and infrastructure that operate in ways that day-to-day operations can adopt and that can be integrated with disaster and humanitarian supply chains during catastrophic event operations.

The project is sponsored by FEMA.
The approximate start date for this project is April 2018.
A report will be issued at the end of approximately 18 months.

Project Duration: 18 months    

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 Meeting 1 - 06/25/2018


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