Tool for decision making in humanitarian logistics chains

Irineu de Brito Junior, Ernesto Guerrero, Juan Manuel Machuca, Mario Chong

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This chapter develops a decision support tool with a focus on the humanitarian logistic chain in a crisis environment considering process drivers' constraints such as costs, capacity, and throughput time. For instance, elements to reduce the suffering of the affected families, by using an adequate supply support for the first 72 critical hours. The authors will focus on minimizing the risks of shortages in the first response supplies in a high flood probability zone in Peru. This research presents different scenarios and it analyzes the representative variables (demand, civil defense warehouses, points of distribution, distance and logistics resources), the humanitarian chain value, and the effective distribution of the aid in the affected areas with efficient operations that balance between the economic and operative resources in this recurrent logistical problem. The results present three crisis situations with a distribution plan and a base of a public policy to prevent a crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Urban and Humanitarian Logistics
EditorsJesus Gonzalez-Feliu, Mario Chong, Jorge Vargas Florez, Julio Padilla Solis
Place of PublicationHershey
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781522581611
ISBN (Print)9781522581604
StatePublished - 2019


  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Decision making


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