Mobile Technology for Volunteers in the Distribution of Natural Disaster Humanitarian Logistics: Case study on East Java Province Indonesian Red Cross
Abstract— On the events of natural disasters such as volcano eruptions, floods, landslides, tsunamis etc,
volunteers play important roles in disasters management. The volunteers have to deal with the problem of
managing the logistics to be distributed to the victims of the natural disasters. The logistics distribution for
the victims of the disasters is hampered with the process of distributing goods from the central IRC
(Indonesian Red Cross) to the shelters at the sites of the natural disasters. Often, the amount of goods sent,
does not match with the amount of goods received. Sometimes the goods sent, also do not meet the needs of
the victims due to the problems in data recording. There have not been many studies on this issue related to
this kind of problems faced by volunteers. Some conducted studies, among others, were related to the
logistics distribution methods, the speed of distribution, locating the shortest distance to the sites of the
disasters. This study is developing a mobile application to facilitate easier logistics management between the
Indonesian Red Cross, as the disaster management agency, the shelters and the volunteers at the disaster sites.
The main focus is to meet the appropriate logistic requirements in sufficient quantity for the victims of the
natural disasaters. The result of this study is the development of a mobile application for volunteers able to
accurately record all logistical needs and supplies at the disaster sites.
Index Terms— logistics, volunteers, natural disaster, mobile technology, humanitarian
Djoni Haryadi Setiabudi
Informatics Department, Petra Christian University, INDONESIA
I Gede A. Widyadana
Industrial Engineering Department, Petra Christian University, INDONESIA
Cite: Djoni Haryadi Setiabudi, I Gede A. Widyadana, "Mobile Technology for Volunteers in the Distribution of Natural Disaster Humanitarian Logistics: Case study on East Java Province Indonesian Red Cross," Proceedings of 2019 the 9th International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering, pp. 795-800, Hong Kong, 15-17 June, 2019.