News & Events - Our thoughts on resource management during a crisis

The resilience of communities, services and infrastructure to recover from a disruptive event is inherently dependent on the planning of resource rollout during the response to a crisis.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology's has printed  in its Infrastructure Risk and Resilience publication, Frazer-Nash's article on "Synchronisation in changing response situations: a high-level exploration of the management of resources during a crisis".

Frazer-Nash's Business Manager for Resilience and Security, Christopher Cullis, explores the requirement for greater collaboration between emergency agencies as part of their preparation for a planned response to an emergency. Mr Cullis maps resource requirement and availability against time within a single and multiple agency models.

Through modelling highly likely scenarios of adverse weather conditions, bottle necks are soon discovered when multiple agencies, that have planned their response in isolation, are competing for the same resource. Whether this is the use of shared transportation links or use of third party resource; the competing nature of isolated planning compounds itself in resource unavailability and slippage in response time when resources need to recover from use. Lack of synchronised planning will ultimately result in longer recovery time and less resilience.

The full article can be found in the Institution of Engineering and Technology's special interest publication "Infrastructure Risk and Resilience: Transportation" 2013, pp.29-33.

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