Emergency Response Logistics
Large scale technological and natural disasters require the effective planning and deployment of emergency response resources that are the responsibility of a diverse set of public and private organisations. Emergency response logistics constitutes an essential component of emergency response management and provides the means for coping effectively with the negative impacts of large scale disasters.
CENTRAL researchers have been working on diverse problems related to emergency response logistics, addressing issues related to location of emergency response units, designing districts for emergency response units, coordinated deployment of emergency response resources, and evacuation management. Our current research interests are focussing on the development and implementation of models able to forecast the temporal and spatial characteristics of disasters, the optimum scheduling of emergency response crews, and the optimization of evacuation operations in large scale disasters.