Accession Number : ADA612014


Title :   Drivers of Complexity in Humanitarian Operations


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY


Personal Author(s) : Christensen, Jon K ; Young, Jody K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a612014.pdf


Report Date : 04 Dec 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 64


Abstract : This project investigates the relationship between the geographical dispersion and speed of onset of a disaster and how they increase the complexity of relief operations. Using the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) available from the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, information was collected and filtered for 281 U.S. disasters that occurred between 2000 and 2011. Data was utilized from the U.S. Census Bureau to supplement the EM-DAT information to determine the area affected for each disaster. Each disaster was then ranked and assigned a value to represent the speed of onset based on each type and subtype that was provided by the EM-DAT. Plotting the disasters yielded a graph that was further analyzed to determine whether any patterns existed by comparing the number of personnel affected, number of casualties, and total damage costs incurred. The goal of this analysis is to determine whether the complexity of a disaster can be determined from its dispersion and speed of onset.


Descriptors :   *HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , DISASTERS , RESPONSE


Subject Categories : Safety Engineering
      Civil Defense
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE