Pre-Positioning of Emergency Items Worldwide for CARE International

Pre-Event Planning
Prepositioning of Inventory Worldwide
CARE International

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting poverty and enhancing human dignity. CARE also provides relief aid to survivors of disasters. During and after a major disaster, large quantities of supplies are needed to provide relief aid. The shortage of supplies may cause emergency response to be ineffective and result in increased human suffering. Until recently, CARE carried out most of the activities involved in mobilizing the supplies after a disaster occurred. In this project, we developed a model to evaluate the effect of relief items pre-positioning on CARE's average emergency response time. We identified the cost-benefit trade-off between different number of prepositioning warehouses and response time. The proposed network configurations minimize the average response time, given an initial investment.

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