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

Pavel Albores, Duncan Shaw

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, 2005
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)0-7803-9519-0
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event2005 Winter Simulation Conference - Orlando, FL, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Dec 20057 Dec 2005


Conference2005 Winter Simulation Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityOrlando, FL


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