Out of the Whirlwind is a novel-like narrative report on how demand and supply networks in Puerto Rico responded to the impact of Hurricane Maria. Particular attention is given to water, food, and fuel. Both enterprise-level and individual decisions and their operational implications are described. This book highlights maritime supply chains between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico; local efforts to restore and surge grocery supplies; commercial flows of food and fuel; the impact of the FEMA relief effort; and several previously untold aspects of demand and supply interacting under severe duress. The narrative is based on extensive interviews with survivors and post-event economic and inventory data. The final chapter underscores key principles of network science and outlines strategic implications for catastrophe preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. A detailed research bibliography is provided. Supply chain managers are given insight into crisis management principles and practice. Emergency managers are able to look-inside as crucial private sector supply chains respond in real-time to disruption and destruction. Both private and public sector professionals are introduced to Network Science concepts that assist in diagnosis and prognosis of flows and failure-to-flow.
About the Author
Philip J. Palin has served as the principal investigator for supply chain resilience with the Institute for Public Research at CNA Corporation and staff consultant on supply chain resilience with the Program on Risk, Resilience and Extreme Events at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. During most of the second half of 2017 he supported FEMA's response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. During the first half of 2018 he conducted a series of interviews with several dozen persons who were involved in supply chain operations during the three hurricanes. He is also the author of several collections of poetry.