Based on the study of the French management of feed-bone meal in the context of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), this article aims to question the importance of the scalar, territorial and temporal dimensions of a crisis by analysing the actions carried out by French departmental prefects. They were the ones were in charge to carry out the first actions for the management of feed-bone meal just after their total ban in the feeding of livestock. To manage this, a national management strategy was published by the central government. Local actions should theoretically comply with these specifications, but it appears from the government’s archives that some prefects did not really respect these prescriptions. Therefore, the aim is to measure the consequences, particularly territorial and temporal, of these local adaptations at the national level, and to suggest possible explanations of these decisions. From this point of view, optimal location models can prove to be very good tools to evaluate the importance and consequences of local actions in the management of a national crisis.