Emergency inventory management for disasters - A review

Eren Erman Ozguven, Kaan Ozbay

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There has been a recent surge in the publication of academic literature examining various aspects of emergency inventory management for disasters. This article contains a timely literature review of these studies, beginning with an exposition of the characteristics of storage and delivery options for emergency supplies, with a particular emphasis on the differences between emergency inventories and conventional inventory management. Using a novel classification scheme and a comprehensive search of the inventory-related literature, an overview of the emergency inventory management studies is also presented. Finally, based on this extensive review, a discussion is presented based on the critical issues and key findings related to the emergency inventory management field, and include suggestions for future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-286
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Emergency Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


  • Disasters
  • Emergency operations
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Inventory control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research

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