Cracking the humanitarian logistics coordination challenge: Lessons from the urban search and rescue community

Peter Tatham, Karen Spens

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Abstract

The challenges of achieving successful inter-agency logistic coordination in preparing for and responding to natural disasters and complex emergencies are both well understood and well documented. However, although many of these challenges remain unresolved, the literature reveals that the organisations that form the urban search and rescue (USAR) community have attained a high level of coherence and interoperability that results in a highly efficient and effective response. Therefore, this paper uses the idea of ‘borrowing’ from other fields as it explores how the processes and procedures used by the USAR community might be applied to improve humanitarian logistic operations. The paper analyses the USAR model and explores how the resultant challenges might be addressed in a humanitarian logistic context. The paper recommends that further research be undertaken in order to develop a modified USAR model that could be operationalised by the international community of humanitarian logisticians.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalDisasters
Volume40
Issue number2
Pages (from-to) 246–261
Number of pages16
ISSN0361-3666
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • foreign medical teams
  • humanitarian logistics
  • inter-agency coordination
  • urban search and rescue

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