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Researching Supply Chains: Disruptions

Guide to approaches and secondary resources for researching supply chains

Man-made Disasters

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply publishes a quarterly report: CIPS Risk Index covering seven regions of the world. Also available is a 20-year Global Retrospective of the CIPS Risk Index.

Take a look at news items and other material about supply chain security and sustainability released by SensiGuard, part of Sensitech (formerly FreightWatch International).

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board investigates industrial chemical accidents.

The Center for Chemical Process Safety of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers maintains the Process Safety Incident Database of industrial fires, explosions, fatality, multiple injuries, significant release of hazardous materials, and other unique process safety incidents (including near misses).  Must be registered to use database.

There is also FACTS, an international chemical accident database, with different levels of (free and fee-based) access to the data.

SwissRe publishes an annual report on Natural Catastrophes and Man-made Disasters as well as other substantive reports about the insurance industry.

The company also provides Sigma Explorer, a visualization tool for 40 years of historical data related to man-made disasters and natural catastrophes.

Research Centers

Supply Chain Disruption Research Laboratory (SCDrl) at the Rutgers Business School.

Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Natural Catastrophes

EQECAT offers CatWatch™ Catastrophe Reports for natural hazard events worldwide, as well as a series of White Papers on catastrophe modeling and natural disasters.

SHELDUS™ : Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States is a county-level hazard data set for the U.S. for 18 different natural hazard events types such thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tornados.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's U.S. Natural Hazard Statistics provide statistical information on fatalities, injuries and damages caused by weather related hazards.

EM-DAT is the international Emergency Events Database maintained by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) at the School of Public Health of the Université catholique de Louvain located in Brussels, Belgium.

DesInventar covers disasters and emergencies primarily in Central and South America.

The Asian Disaster Reduction Center compiles Disaster Information for natural disasters such as floods, droughts and earthquakes throughout Asia.

Superstorm Sandy

Refer to this guide to resources related to Community Resilience & Superstorm Sandy, including the impact for risk management and the supply chain.

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