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Problems with the arrival of unsolicited supplies
LSS Support

In the aftermath of a disaster, one of the main problems confronting national authorities is accurately identifying which relief supplies have arrived, where they have been stored, and how useful they are. Often, well-meaning but misinformed donors send items that are not particularly useful, given the nature of the emergency as well as conditions on the ground.

Strictly speaking, this is a technical problem, but it has serious repercussions for policy implementation when taking into account the following factors:

All too frequently, the storage space, transportation, and human resources dedicated to relief supply management are scarce, and thus must be allocated as efficiently as possible.

Technical information about arriving supplies is often lacking, making it harder to distribute them.

Because of these problems, the donors and the media receive a negative impression of relief management efforts, through no fault of the disaster managers themselves.