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Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

The City of Los Angeles is a critical hub in the global supply chain. As a global leader in trade, imports, and exports, Los Angeles is essential to the nation's ability to eat, drive, play, work, and innovate. 

Los Angeles is also prone to catastrophic disasters like earthquakes that can damage our ports and interrupt the supply chain nationally and globally. Catastrophic disasters can effectively cut Los Angeles off by land, severely impacting our ability to trade and to provide commodities, food, and medical supplies to the region. That is why it is essential that we plan with partners in the global supply chain now, to create a more resilient LA. 

The City of Los Angeles Supply Chain Resilience Initiative is an innovative approach to public-private partnership in emergency management research and practice. After extensive research in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, EMD identified six critical sectors with essential roles in regional operations, recovery, and resilience.

The Supply Chain Resilience project was awarded the Silver Award by the Southern California Chapter of the California Emergency Services Association in September 2016 and recognized by the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in January 2017. Our partnerships with entities in these critical sectors will add a new dimension to our region's readiness and improve our resilience by enabling us to save lives, restore services, and recover after disasters. This program serves as a national model for jurisdictions building their own supply chain resilience programs.


Critical Sectors

Disasters have regional impacts. The unique geography of this region leaves Los Angeles vulnerable to significant supply chain interruptions. Critical sectors provide resources essential to response and recovery. Partnerships with these sectors will improve resilience in Los Angeles.  

The following sectors were identified as essential to response and recovery after a disaster: 

A photo of a person standing in front of store shelves in a supermarket.
Image of a doctor and patients reviewing items written on a clipboard.
a variety of different colored blister packs of medicine on a table
Large plastic water bottles stacked up on their sides
A row of brightly colored gasoline pump nozzles inserted into a gas pump
many cars lined up on the freeway during rush hour traffic


Ensuring we have partnerships in these critical sectors is essential to increasing our regional resilience. EMD is actively seeking partners in these sectors for coordinated research and planning for disasters. 

If you are interested in more information or joining EMD in the supply chain resilience initiative, please contact us