Learn from examples of successful prepositioning of supplies.
Prepositioning heavy equipment in the Rimac Valley was key for keeping roads open during the 2017 event. Identifying opportunities and gaps in maintaining critical services during disasters and acting on them will help improve disaster preparedness and response. Food, water and shelter are the most fundamental immediate needs in any disaster. Where and how these will be sourced must be clearly understood at all levels and across all sectors. Having supplies housed in-region with a plan for mobilization and distribution needs to be agreed upon in advance. These plans must take into account the full range of vulnerabilities and needs within communities. Plans must also consider how resources will be moved if there are failures in the transportation sector (e.g. damaged roads and bridges, fuel shortages), to ensure that all communities in need can be reached.