There is no country that is immune from disaster, be it natural or man-made; an epidemic, pandemic or complex emergency. The task of providing immediate disaster management and recovery assistance needs careful planning and the cooperation of the entire country.
All types of disasters can interrupt essential services and these interruptions, if managed poorly, can have devastating long term effects on communities. A poorly managed disaster can mean that millions of lives are unnecessarily impacted through the of the lack of availability of transportation, shelter, food, water, drugs, etc
A key component of disaster management is to ensure that both the short term and long term negative impacts of disasters are dramatically reduced via the ability to provide a quick and effective logistics response. Disaster management involves activities that are designed to minimize loss of life and damages.
Logistics preparedness is a key component of any disaster reduction effort. Planning is both necessary and practical, since it is usually possible to foresee the types of disasters that may affect a given location and the needs that such disasters will be likely to produce. Logistics preparedness must be based on the vulnerability and resource assessment, it also requires that effective communication tools are put into place, so that collaboration between different agencies is facilitated to assist in timely disaster relief
Latus has worked extensively on advising governments on logistics risk issues that can impede national productivity, which includes disaster management.
In 2006 Latus was engaged by the Australian Government to design a “Disaster Management Tool” that in case of a disaster would assist in Logistics prepardness. This solution enables Governments, Defence Forces, Emergency Services to effectively and quickly respond to disasters that require logistics support.
The tool is highly developed and enables Emergency Services, Governments, Defence forces to respond quickly and effectively, with a planned logistics response that integrates into existing commercial and government supply chain networks.