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ID
9-508-1185
Name
Distribution of Emergency Supplies Task Force
Status
Published
Updated
11/15/2019 5:29:22 PM
Released
11/07/2017
Description
The Distribution of Emergency Supplies (DES) Task Force coordinates distribution of critical commodities to the public during and after an emergency. The team supports all fixed-site and mobile distribution efforts to ensure coordination among emergency supplies providers.
Resource Category
Mass Care Services
Primary Core Capability
Mass Care Services
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Task Force
Overall Function
The DES Task Force: 1. Helps identify gaps in categories, quantities, and locations of emergency supplies in the community 2. Determines strategic distribution methods to fill those gaps 3. Identifies the type and quantity of Mobile Distribution, Drive-Through Point of Distribution (POD), and Pedestrian POD teams necessary 4. Ensures that teams deploy to assigned locations 5. Liaises with the Logistics Section, the Donations Coordination Task Force, and commercial retailers to ensure coordinated emergency supply distribution 6. Coordinates with public information and external affairs staff to inform the public of distribution operations 7. Identifies sources of supplies and ensures their delivery to distribution operation locations 8. Monitors burn rates and coordinates resupply 9. Maintains accurate information about distribution locations and their hours of operation
Composition and Ordering Specifications
1. Discuss logistics for deploying this task force, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment 2. Requestor provides work space, transportation/vehicles, communication capability, equipment, and supplies
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Components
Component Notes  
MINIMUM PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 16
MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 DES Task Force Leader 3 – NIMS Type 1 Mass Care Specialist
SUPPORT PERSONNEL PER TEAM1. The PIO Liaison and Logistics Section Liaison are not NIMS typed positions. 2. Liaisons are either members of the DES Task Force or members of the Logistics Section. 3. Request additional staff as necessary.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – Public Information Officer (PIO) Liaison 1 – Logistics Section Liaison
Electronics and Communications Equipment Per TeamConsider alternate forms of communication, such as satellite phones, based on the mission assignment and task force needs.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11. GPS unit 2. Cellular phone (one per team member) 3. Laptop computer (one per team member)
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 509: Distribution of Emergency Supplies Task Force Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Distribution of Emergency Supplies Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 508: Donated Goods Warehouse Management Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Donated Goods Warehouse Management Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 508: Donations Coordination Task Force
FEMA, NIMS 509: Donations Coordination Task Force Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Donations Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 508: Drive-Through Point of Distribution Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Mass Care Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 508: Mobile Distribution Team
FEMA, NIMS 508: Pedestrian Point of Distribution Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Public Information Officer
FEMA, NIMS 509: State Mass Care Coordinator
FEMA, NIMS 509: Volunteer Agency Liaison
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Guide to Points of Distribution, January 2009
American Red Cross, Bulk Distribution Handbook, 2013
USACE, Local Distribution Point Planning for Commodities, June 2005