American Society of Civil Engineers

Location and Routing Models for Emergency Logistics Systems in Natural Disasters

by Ying Dai, (School of Economics and Management, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China E-mail: and Zujun Ma, (College of Logistics, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China)

pp. 2734-2739, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Logistics: The Emerging Frontiers of Transportation and Development in China
Abstract: To solve the emergency logistics problem in large-scale disaster relief operations with the main goal of minimizing the total number of fatalities, two mixed-integer linear programming models were developed to design the locations of logistics centers and vehicle routing based on the decision mechanism of relief distribution. The location problem and the vehicle routing problem were separately modeled and solved for the control of model complexity. An illustrative example is presented to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed method.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Emergency management
Natural disasters