Virginia’s Crater Planning District Commission (Crater PDC) is home to strategic interstates, rail lines, river ports and multiple airports, supplying the needs of robust manufacturing, transportation and military installations. As the region continues to grow and develop, the importance of risk management planning increases, and has become even more urgent with the disruptions of COVID and climate change.

A recent report commissioned by the Crater PDC analyzes those and other disruptions to industry supply chains using resilience register methodology.  The Industry Supply Chain Disruption Analysis for Crater PDC, prepared by CCALS and the University of Virginia Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, quantifies and evaluates the risk of supply chain disruptions with an emphasis on regional resilience. It does so by modeling various scenarios and their impact on regional assets to quantify disruptions and resilience. It then characterizes those disruptions, and makes recommendations for mitigating them.

The report found that abrupt and difficult to predict scenarios are the most disruptive to the region, and that pandemics and natural disasters posed the greatest threat (other disruptors modeled included cyberattack, funding cuts, climate shift, green technology movement, and increased environmental regulation).

“Logistics and distribution are critical components of the Crater regional economy,” said Alec Brebner, Executive Director of the Crater PDC. “Gaining a better understanding of risks to the supply chain will help us plan for a more resilient future and better prepare us for future disruptions.”

See the final report here (PDF) »


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