Hurricane Harvey is providing a number of lessons to anyone who is serious about learning them — namely, that prepping is the only legitimate way to make sure that you and your family do not go without following a major disaster or societal collapse.
As reported by Homeland Security Newswire, the storm left in its wake terrible destruction, but not just to bridges. Harvey destroyed or otherwise disrupted a lot of critical infrastructure as well, and in particular, the infrastructure needed to move rescuers and supplies into the affected area.
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Harvey’s trail of destruction through southern Texas this week is drawing attention to the difficulty of providing relief services in a place where roads, ports, and airports are heavily damaged, if not destroyed.
That means, of course, that the ability to more rapidly provide logistical support to aid stranded and displaced Texans was — and remains, thanks to follow-on flooding — extremely hampered.
The storm has provided another research opportunity as well. Ann Campbell, a professor of management sciences at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business — an expert in transportation logistics — is working on finding a better, more efficient way for government agencies, charities, and businesses to get relief supplies to disaster areas.
Vehicle routing is her specialty, and she’s using what she’s learned thus far to improve routing. Through mathematical modeling and high-powered computer programs, she is attempting to devise quicker ways to move critical supplies.
There are fewer more challenging logistics problems to solve than those pertaining to natural disasters because there can be so many variables and unknowns.
“Commercial supply chains are focused on quality and profitability,” Campbell said, as Homeland Security Newswire reported. “Humanitarian supply chains are focused on minimizing loss of life and suffering, and distribution is focused on equity and fairness much more than in commercial applications.”
She’s right, of course. As Bugout.news has reported in the past, most people are not aware of just how fragile America’s “farm-to-fork” supply chain really is: