Disaster preparedness using risk-assessment methods from earthquake engineering

Maria Battarra, Burcu Balcik, Huifu Xu

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Abstract

Considering the uncertainties associated with disaster occurrences is critical to make effective disaster preparedness plans. In this study, we focus on pre-positioning decisions of an humanitarian organization for earthquake preparedness and present a new approach to represent earthquake likelihood and the number of the affected population in a relief supply allocation model. Our approach utilizes an earthquake forecasting method from the earthquake engineering literature and avoids using any probabilistic scenarios. We validate the proposed technique by using historical earthquake data from Turkey, which is a country under significant earthquake risk. We also present a case study that illustrates the implementation of our method to solve the supply allocation problem of the Turkish Red Crescent Society in its existing network.
LanguageEnglish
Pages423-435
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Volume269
Issue number2
Early online date16 Feb 2018
DOIs
StatusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

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Disaster preparedness using risk-assessment methods from earthquake engineering. / Battarra, Maria; Balcik, Burcu; Xu, Huifu.

In: European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 269, No. 2, 01.09.2018, p. 423-435.

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