Preparedness Assessment

Faculty Directors: Dr. Julie Swann, Dr. Pinar Keskinocak, Dr. Ozlem Ergun, Dr. Pelin Pekgun

Team Members: Ben Johnson (PhD) and Joshua Liu (BS)

Key Focus Areas: Healthcare response evaluation, supply distribution evaluation, disaster plan comparison, overall disaster preparedness determination    

Project Overview:  Emergency management is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risks contributed by disasters and catastrophes by strategic organizational management strategies. The cyclic phases of emergency management are mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery. Preparedness is of particular interest because many countries maintain an “Emergency Response and Preparedness Plan” of some sort that acts as a guide in times of disaster.  Preparedness in the emergency management sense is how to limit the impact of disaster events on people by changing behaviors. One of the most critical phases is the planning stage. The difficulty arises in developing flexible yet comprehensive plans that carefully recognize the distinct risks of the respective region.

Disaster response models attempt to quantify response capabilities of a country to respond to a given disaster situation.  By inputting specifics of a disaster and local information about the country, the models are able to measure capacity, congestion, distance traveled, timeliness, or disutility of a population. There are a number of different models that can be used to help evaluate preparedness levels in a country dealing with issues from health services to supply distribution.

Broader Impacts/Goals
· Identification of critical network bottlenecks in a disaster response scenario.
· Improve response time and response effectiveness for countries in the Caribbean.


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