The ISSG NGO recognizes that the first 72 hours are absolutely critical to relief operations. Affected populations, particularly in natural disasters, are in critical need of shelter, water, medicine and food. At the same time, relief operations are often just beginning with assessments of the situation. As these efforts progress, the race to provide those critically needed supplies is on—the role of prepositioning is to give relief organizations a head start.

Through careful communications and intelligence, relief organizations can actually shorten this response time in two ways. First, critical equipment and supplies are already housed and maintained—ready for use—on our floating warehouses and do not need to be located. Second, that equipment and supplies can be positioned to points that are still safe and secure (outside the affected area), but that can be moved quickly to a staging area. This means that past critical shortfalls—such as engineering equipment—can be moved quickly onto the location and can get to work quickly.

This equipment includes the following:

  • Command and control equipment for a self-sustaining Forward Operating Base,
  • Search and Rescue (including traditional and urban Search and Rescue),
  • Heavy equipment (road clearing, bridges. etc),
  • Small stores equipment (breakers, chain saws, etc), and
  • Movement (trucks, helicopter sling load, etc).

Through careful prepositioning of this kind equipment and relief supplies, the ISSG NGO shortens the supply chain so that equipment and supplies arrive where they are needed, but most critically, when they are needed.


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