Planning with Computer Models

Rachel Abbey, my collaborator at the Montgomery County, Maryland, Advanced Practice Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, and I will be giving a presentation about Preparing for Emergencies and Every Day: Planning with Computer Models to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Training Collaborative (PHEPTC) on July 22, 2009.

According to its charter, “the purpose of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Training Collaborative (PHEPTC) is to enhance communication, information sharing, and standards of practice among PH emergency preparedness trainers across the nation.” PHEPTC is hosted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Article about EMCAPS

An article about the Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment & Planning Scenarios tool (EMCAPS) appeared in February 2009 issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine. (EMCAPS was mentioned previously in this blog back on December 4, 2007.)

“Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment and Planning Scenarios (EMCAPS): Development and Application of Computer Modeling to Selected National Planning Scenarios for High-Consequence Events” is by James J. Scheulen, Meridith H. Thanner, Edbert B. Hsu, Christian K. Latimer, Jeffrey Brown, and Gabor D. Kelen. The article lists the scenarios that are included in the tool, describes its functionality, includes some snapshots of the tool, and presents some sample outputs as well.