Chain to Excellence (C2X), The Supply Chain Interest group of NITIE Mumbai organized Optitude, a Video Making Competition. The participants were required to make a video on ‘Role of Supply Chain in Disaster Management’.
3 Students from IIM Raipur, Akshay Agarwal, Navjeet Sidhu and Rohit Bhagat participated in the Competition and won II Prize. The winning team was from NITIE Mumbai.
This video starts with a description of the Disaster Profile of India and emphasises the need for effective Disaster Management using facts and figures. For instance, it has been found that according to the then UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs (Jan Egeland): “In Niger in 2005, it would have cost $1 a day to prevent malnutrition among the children if the world had responded immediately. By July 2005, it was costing $80/day to save a malnourished child’s life.”
It is important to plan beforehand as during a disaster, Infrastructure is destabilised, Demand and Supply are unpredictable, last – mile connectivity is hampered and there is lack of coordination and training amongst the Relief Agencies.
An Effective Supply Chain can aid in Pre-Disaster by imparting Training and Education, Infrastructure Planning and Pre-Positioning of Resources. During a Disaster, Relief Operations need to be carried out and Last –Mile Connectivity for supply of food and medicine needs to be ensured. Post Disaster, Infrastructure needs to be rebuilt after cleaning the debris and communities need to be re-established.