Natural calamities are difficult to prepare for because of their sheer magnitude. In such cases, relief work readiness becomes paramount. Cyclones Kenneth and Idai were prime examples of the difference dedicated relief logistics could bring to a suffering population.
Hurricane Maria brought the municipal services of 5 islands to a standstill. The entire power grid was destroyed, and the residents were left without the basic necessities. But, with intensive logistics efforts the services and lives were slowly restored.
The Ebola epidemic has made headlines several times over the years but the 2014 outbreak in Guinea was alarming. Thousands of people were affected, and medical supplies were short. However, the relief work was already in action and it saved many lives through innovative solutions.