Accession Number:

ADA563053

Title:

Alternative Disaster Feeding Ration

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-06-08

Pagination or Media Count:

73.0

Abstract:

FEMA and USAID could more efficiently provide feeding rations during Humanitarian AssistanceDisaster Relief HADRs operations by using high-calorie survival bars in lieu of MREs and HDRs, thus saving time, money, and resources. The Department of Defense DoD and the Department of Homeland Security DHS primarily use Meals Ready to Eat MREs and Humanitarian Daily Rations HDRs for foreign and domestic humanitarian disaster response operations. These rations are costly and logistically challenging to manage. MREs possess twice the shelf life and size as HDRs, but they also double the costs and bring cultural concerns. An alternative solution is the nutritionally balanced, condensed survival ration bar that has a longer shelf life and is inexpensive. Of course, there are potential issues with each ration type MREs are not vegetarian HDRs are religiously sensitive and high-calorie survival bars appear minimalistic, implying lack of compassion. Each ration should be assessed against the principles of sustainment as directed in FM 4-0. This thesis will assess the logistical implications, both negative and positive, of using survival ration bars in lieu of MREs and HDRs during disaster relief operations led by USAID and FEMA.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE