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


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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Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Aston Business School
Event Title: 2005 Winter Simulation Conference
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2005-12-04 - 2005-12-07
Full Text Link: https://www.inf ... 5papers/104.pdf
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Published Date: 2005
Authors: Albores, Pavel ( 0000-0001-7509-9381)
Shaw, Duncan

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