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Discussion Board Question:
Points of Distribution (POD) can be extremely beneficial in disaster situations. They
can also create concerns during an operation in regards to transporting supplies,
safety, security and finding an optimum site for establishing a POD.
Pick one area, either beneficial or detrimental; briefly explain how that would affect a
disaster operation, and how you would improve upon the process.
View this video to get a better understanding of POD’s.

Student 1 post:
POD provides a place to the public where emergency supplies are picked following a
disaster. when there is a decrease in infrastructure to guarantee the normal
distribution of food the POD applied it. POD comes in. Usually, PODs operate until
the disaster is taken care of and power. The response team helps in the protection
and salvage of the citizens’ possessions that have been ravaged by disaster. (Fikar,
Gronalt, & Hirsch, 2016).
However, to find an optimum side for the establishment of a POD is crucial to the
success of disaster recovery. To ensure the establishment of a smooth-running
POD, it is important to identify potential locations. Locations selected should be
based on the population density of the area. A POD that takes advantage of a
developed and a coordinated effort will ensure that disaster is handled efficiently
(Rennemo et al., 2014).
References
Fikar, C., Gronalt, M., & Hirsch, P. (2016). A decision support system for coordinated
disaster relief distribution. Expert Systems with Applications, 57, 104-116.
Rennemo, S. J., Rø, K. F., Hvattum, L. M., & Tirado, G. (2014). A three-stage
stochastic facility routing model for disaster response planning. Transportation
research part E: logistics and transportation review, 62, 116-135
Student 2 post:
Detrimental points of distribution (POD) adversely affect an entire disaster operation
process. The application of a type III POD to manage disaster in a metropolitan city can be
disastrous. The type III POD would serve only 5,000 people per day based on one vehicle
representing a family of three people (Jaller & Holguín-Veras, 2012). Similarly, type III POD
requires a staff of only 19 during the day and four during the night, it covers 150feet by
300feet space, and it has just three loading points with just one vehicle lane. Notably, a
metropolitan city is densely populated, and the application of this POD to distribute critical
emergency supplies such as food and water during the management of a disaster would
increase disaster vulnerability. Therefore, the distribution centers would not meet the needs
of residents due to understaffing in terms of assistance personnel, supply line, loading line
and the vehicle line. The distribution centers would also be too small to accommodate an
adequate emergency supplies.
I would recommend the use of type I PODs to enhance the efficiency of the disaster
operation process. This POD would suit the metropolitan setup since it serves 20,000 people
daily based on one vehicle representing a family of three (Jaller & Holguín-Veras, 2012). A
type I POD requires a staff of 78 during the day and 10 in the night and a 250feet by 500feet
space. Furthermore, it has four vehicle lanes and twelve loading points. Type I PODs would
distribute food and water resources faster to manage the high demand for the emergency
supplies. As such, the type I PODs would make the entire operation successful and efficient
during a disaster management.
Reference
Jaller, M., & Holguín-Veras, J. (2012). Locating points of distribution in large urban
disasters. Submitted to Transportation Science. Retrieved from
https://www.floridadisaster.org/globalassets/importedpdfs/pod-sog-2355-final-revised-11-1616.pdf

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