2017 Semifinalist
City of New York, NY
January 1, 2017
New York

The New York City (NYC) Commodity Distribution Point (CDP) Program is a coordinated, City-led operation to distribute temporarily unavailable life-sustaining commodities such as food, water, baby formula, or other essential items to the public following an emergency that disrupts access to traditional supply chains. Introduced after the debut of the citywide Coastal Storm Plan in 2006, the program was redesigned after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, evolving into a more urban-focused initiative with a structure that is less reliant on external support, which allows NYC to sustain itself with its own resources. Through the process of developing the CDP Program using real-world experience, NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM), in coordination with multiple City agencies, primarily with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), developed pedestrian-based distribution models tailored for the needs of an urban population. NYCEM built the program to incorporate support from the New York National Guard, as well as a robust City employee and volunteer training program to get local New Yorkers involved in the response operation. The program training is designed so that City employees manage command-and-control functions, while volunteers from NYC Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) support field staffing. The incorporation of the CERT training was essential as it integrates a much-needed local community element into the response, allowing the program to respond to the needs of the community using firsthand local knowledge. The local community involvement also ensures that the local languages are spoken and the local dietary requirements are met such as kosher or halal meals. During a full-scale activation, the program could be required to support up to 20,000 people per site at more than 64 individual sites. This effort will require the support of more than 4,000 dedicated distribution staff. The program incorporates both indoor and outdoor site locations, all of which have been surveyed, mapped, and cataloged in a geographic information database. The program is also supported by a third-party logistics provider, which helps map the stockpile management, mobilization, deployment, resupply, and demobilization to support the operation indefinitely.

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