A multi-agency perspective to disaster preparedness

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The increasing number of victims from disasters in recent years results in several challenges for authorities aiming to protect and provide support to affected people. Humanitarian logistics represents one of the most important fields during preparedness and response in cases of disaster, seeking to provide relief, information and services to disaster victims. However, on top of the challenges of logistical activities, the successful completion of operations depends to a large extent on coordination. This is particularly important for developing countries, where disasters occur very often and resources are even scarcer. This paper assumes a multi-agency approach to disaster preparedness that combines geographical information systems (GIS) and multi-objective optimization. The purpose of the tool is to determine the location of emergency facilities, stock prepositioning and distribution allocation for floods. We illustrate the application and the results using a case study centred on Acapulco, México.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ISCRAM 2015 conference, Kristiansand, May 24-27
EditorsL. Palen, M. Buscher, T. Comes, A. Hughes
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-82-7117-788-1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event12th international conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response And Management - Kristiansand, Norway
Duration: 24 May 201527 May 2015

Publication series

NameISCRAM Conference proceedings
ISSN (Print)2411-3387


Conference12th international conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response And Management
Abbreviated titleISCRAM 2015


  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Multi-objective optimization
  • Preparedness


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