Purpose – The paper aims to discuss the findings of a humanitarian logistics manager field study on response activity concerning the 2004 tsunami disaster in terms of what should have occurred and to present a comprehensive hindsight‐analysis case for a model placing natural disaster response activity clearly within the context of local‐nation‐led, holistic and inclusive natural disaster planning. Design/methodology/approach – The qualitative testing of a conceptual framework of natural‐disaster response requirements through interviews with tsunami‐response logistics managers, the analysis of the findings in the light of tsunami‐hindsight “effective disaster management” themes of recent academic literature and multi‐agency reports and the development of the holistic, inclusive planning model. Findings – That natural disaster response activity needs to be viewed holistically in the context of a disaster management planning continuum that ideally starts well before the response action is required and of which locally‐led inclusiveness is a crucial component. Research limitations/implications – The model needs to be tested for its applicability as a planning instrument and guide for response activity in the context of future natural disasters. Practical implications – The holistic/inclusive planning model has been developed to guide natural disaster planners as well as add to academic discourse in the search for natural disaster management solutions. Originality/value – The study is original with its field‐based qualitative research foundation and reflective hindsight analysis.
International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 19, 2007
Keywords: Tidal waves; Disasters; Modelling; Distribution management
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