In the worst disasters - involving dense populations, natural or human-made -- the market response required is profoundly challenging. There are challenges in timely and effective distribution of product and resupply of distribution centers and physical stores when lines of communication between the public and private sectors are not established and flowing. When any grocery supplier or retailer is having supply chain problems, it amplifies difficulties for everyone else in the network. Survivors will be best-served when the system of supply, preexisting the disaster, is re-established as rapidly and evenly as possible. This can only be achieved when there is clarity of roles and responsibilities between the two stakeholders.
Visit the FMI Lounge to participate in pre-scheduled tabletop discussions with FEMA personnel. The areas being explored include learning how to better prepare, respond and recover from hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and large scale natural or human-made fires.
• Establish a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities and highlight the differences in authority between the jurisdiction, county, state and federal – e.g., local proclamation; home-rule states; a state of emergency vs. disaster declaration vs. emergency declaration.
• Explore “blue-sky” activities that will aid the private sector to be prepared to engage with the public sector.
• Discuss important data sets and essential elements of information (e.g., EEIs) to encourage a smoother re-entry.
• Discuss ways that industry can support each other through mutual aid.
• Further inform private industry to support internal crisis planning and training.
Wednesday June 12th and Thursday June 13th at: