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FEMA is seeking feedback on the draft document Supply Chain Resilience Guide through 17-Jan-2019.
Feedback and recommendations received will help ensure the final version of the guide is an effective resource for emergency managers across the nation.
Feedback helps FEMA consistently take lessons learned from past disasters to position the agency and the whole community to be better prepared for disasters. This helps fortify FEMA’s Strategic Goal to Ready the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters by improving state, local, tribal, and territorial government abilities to provide life-saving and life-sustaining commodities from all available sources.
Each 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, disruptions, and fluctuating needs greatly benefit the community and can reduce the need for a larger response and recovery operation.
The Supply Chain Resilience Guide provides emergency managers with recommendations on how to analyze local supply chains and enhance supply chain resilience using a five-phased approach. The guide also identifies how emergency managers can use information from the supply chain resilience process to inform development or refinement of logistics plans or annexes, following the six-step process described in Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.
While 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 enhance supply chain resilience. They must also be aware of supply chain vulnerabilities and potential impacts to the community, so they can develop effective emergency response plans and operate efficiently in times of disaster.
When reviewing the document, consider:
The National Engagement Period will conclude on Jan. 17, 2019. To review the draft document, visit https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/175527