|CARE Food Manual (CARE , 1998, 355 p.)|
|Chapter 2 - Assessments Cost and Logistics|
|I. Logistics Assessment|
In assessing the availability of adequate storage facilities, the following should be taken into consideration:
· Access: The storage facility should be accessible to trucks, ideally along an all-weather road.
· Proximity to target population: This becomes more important after food leaves the central warehouse and is stored in secondary warehouses or near distribution sites.
· Drainage: The warehouse should not be located in a low area subject to flooding.
· Space: There should be sufficient space to allow trucks to maneuver within the warehouse compound.
· Crowd control: Fencing or wide ditches around the compound such that entry and exit can be managed and controlled.
· Warehouse structure: Is the floor solid and in good condition? Are pallets available, or do they need to be procured? Is the roof sound with no evidence of leakage? Are there sufficient windows to allow for light and ventilation? If so, are windows secured with bars or grating to prevent break-in? Does the warehouse have electric lighting for night work? Are any simple repairs needed?
· Loading doors: How many loading doors are available? How many trucks can be loaded/discharged at one time?
· Capacity: Is the warehouse large enough to store a significant amount of food? One large warehouse is simpler than several small warehouses, in terms of control, coordination and supervision.
· Cost: Is the rent reasonable and/or supportable by the project budget?
· Security: Large amounts of food stored in an insecure location could actually invite attacks on local population or warehouse personnel.
See Storage and Handling, for more information.