The Supply Chain Is One of Our Key Issues in Disasters

If it impacts the private sector, it is impacting government!

by Eric Holdeman / April 18, 2019

See three resources below. This was shared by Brendan McCluskey .


FEMA announces the release today of two PrepTalks and the Supply Chain Resilience Guide.

Every day, individuals and families routinely receive critical goods and services such as water, food, pharmaceuticals, medical goods, power, and fuel from healthy, functioning supply chains. However, in times of disaster, even supply chains that were previously functioning well can experience significant disruption, generating acute life-safety challenges and quickly turning a disaster into a catastrophe. Supply chains that effectively adapt to disasters greatly benefit the community and its lifelines and can reduce the need for a larger response and recovery operation.

Although the private sector operates and maintains the majority of supply chains, emergency managers can play a critical role in enhancing supply chain resilience by fostering greater awareness and collaboration among key supply chain players and promoting actions to strengthen supply chain resilience. They must also be aware of supply chain vulnerabilities and potential impacts to the community and its lifelines, so they can develop effective emergency response plans and operate efficiently in times of disaster.

FEMA and its emergency management partner organizations released two Supply Chain PrepTalks from Dr. Jarrod Goentzel and Dr. Yossi Sheffi. These are the sixth and seventh PrepTalk videos released from the Sept. 6, 2018 symposium. The next PrepTalks Symposium will be held on April 23, 2019 in Santa Rosa, CA.

Dr. Goentzel’s PrepTalk is “Aligning Public and Private Supply Chains for Disaster Response.” In it, he demonstrates how the private sector has far more capacity to respond than the public sector, explains the role of emergency managers in supporting private sector supply chain restoration, and shows how analysis can help with strategic and tactical preparedness and operational collaboration during a crisis. Dr. Goentzel’s PrepTalk, a discussion guide, and additional resources are available at

Dr. Sheffi’s PrepTalk is “Private Sector Resilience: It Is All In the Supply Chain. In it, he explains the modes of failure in supply chain networks, explores new ways to think about disruptions, and showcases a General Motors case study on the complexities of supply chain management. Dr. Sheffi’s PrepTalk, a discussion guide, and additional resources are available at

In addition to the two PrepTalks, FEMA released Supply Chain Resilience Guide. The guide provides emergency managers with recommendations and best practices on how to analyze local supply chains and work with the private sector to enhance supply chain resilience using a five-phased approach. The Supply Chain Resilience Guide also identifies how emergency managers can use information from the supply chain resilience process to support restoration of supply chains and inform development or refinement of logistics plans or annexes, following the six-step process described in FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.

The Supply Chain Resilience Guide can be found at FEMA is planning on hosting several webinars about this guide in the coming months. For more information on the webinars, please visit:

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