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Balancing Pre-disaster Preparedness and Post-disaster Relief


Challenges associated with resource allocation to mitigate and recover from natural and man-made disasters inspire new theoretical questions for decision making in the intertwined natural and human world. Disaster loss is determined not only by post-disaster relief but also the pre-disaster mitigation and preparedness. To examine the decision making process at ex ante and ex post disaster stages, we develop a two-stage dynamic programming model that optimally allocates preparedness and relief expenditures. We analytically and numerically solve the model and provide new insights by sensitivity analysis.

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He, Fei and Jun Zhuang. 2016. "Balancing Pre-disaster Preparedness and Post-disaster Relief." European Journal of Operational Research 252 (January): 246-256. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0377221716000023

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