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Hurricane Katrina LOGISTICS RESPONSE. Logistics Response. Magnitude Situational awareness Continuity of government operations Mass evacuation operations Security issues Hotels, cruise ships as shelter We had Hurricane “Pam”. What Made Katrina Different?.

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Hurricane katrina logistics response

Hurricane Katrina


Hurricane katrina logistics response

Logistics Response

What made katrina different


Situational awareness

Continuity of government operations

Mass evacuation operations

Security issues

Hotels, cruise ships as shelter

We had Hurricane “Pam”

What Made Katrina Different?

The katrina dilemma

In this disaster, we did more than we ever did before, and did it faster

Truckloads of commodities


Patients treated

Travel trailers set up

But we also had more unmet needs than in any disaster before

The Katrina Dilemma

Commodities distributed

Truck LoadsUnits

Water 9,200166 million liters (still supporting)

Ice 7,400297 million lbs

MRE’s2,37552 million meals

Other3,660(cots, tarps and plastic sheeting, etc.)


Commodities Distributed

Generators used

Generators up to 125KW252

Generators 126KW to 5.2MW80

Total Generators332

Generators Used

Base camp status

Base Camps for Response/Recovery Workers

Total Camps40(24,440 beds)

Camps Closed36(20,690 beds)

Current Camps 4 (3,750 beds)

Base Camp Status

Facilities built and supported


JFO’s/AFO’s/Other Field Offices15

Disaster Recovery Centers57

Long Term Recovery Offices18

Warehouses 9

Staging Areas 4


Facilities Built and Supported

What we learned

What We Learned

Lack of situational awareness

Lack of Situational Awareness

  • Problems

    • Equipment

    • People

    • Shared processes

Staffing issues

Staffing Issues

  • We are stretched very thin on capable, experienced staff

  • Most federal response team members are not primarily employed in response operations

  • For example, in the critical early response, FEMA could not adequately sustain 24-hour ERT operations

  • Policies inhibited a rapid buildup of federal personnel

Logistics staffing issues

Logistics Staffing Issues

Severe Logistics Staffing Shortfalls

  • NDMS / US&R IMT support

  • DMORT Task Force Log staffing never did get fixed

  • JFO Logistics staffing critical from day one to now

  • All entities competing for same scarce staffing resources

Fed state local relationships

The local governments nearly collapsed

Need to prepare for Continuity of Government support in future disasters (e.g., Civil Affairs specialists)

“Pull” versus “push”. Stafford Act versus ICS

Need to strengthen emergency management capability at the State and local level



Need buy-in

Loans instead of grants would create more fiscal responsibility

Fed/State/Local Relationships

Logistics issues

Logistics Issues

  • Fuel shortages

  • Oxygen shortages

  • Need pre-negotiated contracts

  • Need to pre-stage commodities, even in the impact zone

  • Lack of credit cards, warrant capability in the field

Logistics action items

Logistics Action Items

  • Need to do better next time

    • Coordinate, Coordinate, Coordinate!

    • Reduce/eliminate duplication of effort and resources

    • Training – need an accreditation process (ex: red cards)

    • Remember that we fight as we train

    • Coordinate, Coordinate, Coordinate!

Logistics initiatives for 2006

Interagency Agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency

National Stand-By Contracts

Oxygen Supplier

Equipment Rental Services

Material Handling Equipment


Pallet Jacks


Total Asset Visibility – Phase I

Base Camps

Strategic Positioning

Pre-Positioned Equipment (PEP) Program

Training Courses – Joint Mobilization Center / Federal Operating Staging Area

Logistics Initiatives for 2006

Ndms and us r field replenishment and re supply

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) / Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) and FEMA

Online Ordering from prime vendors

Use of Electronic Catalog (ECAT) system for total catalog / total delivered price system

DLA/DSCP Acquisition services

Able to deliver to FEMA Logistics Centers or direct to field sites

Purchase Cards

FEMA Acquisitions Contracting Officers with single purchase limits to support MST/IST

Select NDMS Logistics Chiefs with purchase cards to support local purchases under $2500

Additional National Standby Contracts

Oxygen Supplier

Equipment Rental Services

NDMS and US&R Field Replenishment and Re-Supply

Total asset visibility

Total Asset Visibility Phase I for Hurricane Season 2006

Phase I: the ability to inventory and track certain commodities with GPS satellite tracking devices, “trading partners management” and “warehouse management” software systems, in Regions IV and VI.

A bridge contract for technical support to FEMA for the remainder of calendar year 2006.

Total Asset Visibility

Tav phase i

TAV Phase I

Thank you

Thank you.

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