PA-L-M stands for PAcific Logistics Mapping in reference to where it was born.
It is primarily a preparedness tool designed to collect information on prepositioned stock levels across the Pacific and provide a visual overview to enhance decision making for disaster responders.
It is Pacific-owned: it is for Pacific Island logisticians and emergency responders to use, and it also their responsibility to feed data and update information to keep the tool relevant and up to date.
It is a live tool, not a static one.
It is public, so that anyone willing to adequately support or join a prepositioning strategy can find information to avoid duplication. However only authorised people have access to the private area where data management is handled.
It is designed on a bottom up approach. By defining prepositioning strategies at provincial levels, it informs what is needed at national level. And by defining what is needed at national level, it informs what is needed at regional level, effectively putting the power of decision into the hands of Pacific Islands Countries.
It is designed to support ownership of stock level management and overview at each level of the organisation: from the storage facility manager, to the agency’s National Logistics Manager, to the Regional Logistics Coordinator.
It is not a Warehouse Management System (WMS). PALM does not capture in and out entries, warehouse management tools such as stock cards etc…
It is not a one-off tool. It is dynamic and requires relevant and timely data update by stock holding agencies to remain relevant.
It is not a stand-alone tool. It is designed to be connected to other datasets and analytic tools (cyclone tracking, forecast models, etc…) to provide simple and visual support to decision makers.
It does not provide any other information than stock levels and private sector stocks are not included.
PALM has two main objectives:
- Better prepare for disasters by defining coherent and coordinated prepositioning strategies by highlighting overlaps and gaps and establishing a clear picture of the prepositioning situation in the Pacific, to guide data-driven and evidence-based preparedness.
- Better respond by identifying who has what where to trigger a response