Logistics: emergencies most vital aid.
For a very long time, debates around logistics only focused on its negative sides rather than the positives, and its relevance was not taken much into consideration. In the face of emergencies, this point of view has started to shift.
Good logistics planning is essential for several reasons, and there is more to it than simply trading goods. The ancient Roman Empire could not have conquered the known world without the ability to supply food and weapons to its soldiers. They already figured that a well-planned logistics effort makes all the difference.
In truth, there is no need to travel back in time to acknowledge its importance, we just have to look at recent events and the contribution to the civil sector. During the pandemic, the public opinion started reevaluating the impact of a good supply chain on everyone’s lives, from food delivery to essential goods transportation.
When it comes to earthquakes, floodings, and emergencies in general, logistics takes a leading role in carrying out the essential operations to help those in need. The latest example dates back to a few weeks ago when the Emilia-Romagna region was flooded.
The Civil Protection needed all the tools available to help during the crisis, and once again logistics provided the means to execute a variety of tasks, from digging to damage control.
Time was of the essence to save as many lives as possible, and with the support of an effective supply chain, the Civil Protection could reach out to the largest number of people they could, along every step of the rescue process.
With this regard, the Italian Civil Protection emergency relief standards were exemplary, no wonder its methodologies are taught internationally. Its quick intervention also helped minimize the damages, limiting future reconstruction costs.
This being said, a solid supply chain can shine only when backed by a favorable legislation that allows heavy cargo transportation 24/7.
Overall, the importance of an efficient supply chain should never be taken for granted in times of crisis, and all logistics firms should play a role in sensitizing the public opinion on the matter.