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Responding to terrorist attacks and natural disasters: a case study using simulation

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2 Author(s)
P. Albores ; Operations & Inf. Manage. Group, Aston Bus. Sch., Birmingham, UK ; D. Shaw

The heightened threat of terrorism has caused governments worldwide to reconsider their plans for responding in the immediate aftermath to large-scale catastrophic incidents. This paper discusses the use of discrete event simulation modeling to understand how a fire service might position its resources before an attack takes place, to best respond to a combination of different attacks at different locations if they happen. Two models are built for this purpose. The first model deals with mass decontamination of a population following biological or chemical attack - aiming to study resource requirements (vehicles, equipment and manpower) necessary to meet performance targets. The second model deals with the allocation of resources across regions - aiming to study cover level and response times, analyzing different allocations of resources, both centralized and decentralized. Contributions to theory and practice are outlined.

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Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, 2005.

Date of Conference:

4-7 Dec. 2005