Logistics Management and Services

In times of disaster, emergency supplies are obtained, organized and delivered to disaster survivors who have been forced to abandon homes and personal belongings. This process includes three components: assessing logistic needs of a community, transporting and distributing supplies, and warehousing.

Local churches, faith-based and non-governmental organizations play a vital role in delivering Logistics Management and Services. For example, local churches look at the needs of their community, assess their own capacity and resources, and determine a course of action to help obtain, sort, stage, and distribute supplies to evacuees. Similarly, Convoy of Hope Disaster Response, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and other faith-based organizations, immediately deploy volunteer assessment teams from area churches following a disaster to conduct damage and needs assessments. These initial assessments ensure the right resources get to where they are needed most.

Local churches also provide transportation and distribution services when needed and able. Churches can serve as staging or drop points, points of distribution, and provide staff, volunteers and vehicles to help coordinate and manage local transportation and distribution activities. Typically, local churches use their facilities and/or volunteers for points of distribution while larger organizations use their human and real assets for procuring and transporting supplies and providing on-site technical assistance.

Local churches can also assist with warehousing and staging supplies. For example, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Crossgate Church in Robert, Louisiana used a new sanctuary under construction as an ad hoc warehouse for receiving, sorting, maintaining, and distributing supplies. The church worked with a local ministerial alliance to coordinate a large network of distribution points, supplying many churches with a steady flow of supplies to serve disaster survivors. Crossgate Church completed their new sanctuary with modifications that allow it to be converted into a temporary warehouse when needed, and added a loading dock and road for truck access.

For More Information:

Read the Findings, Limitations and Challenges, and Best Practices of Logistics Management and Services presented on pages 70-71 in the report entitled, Heralding Unheard Voices: The Role of Faith-Based and Non-Governmental Organizations During Disaster (PDF).

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