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Mass Evacuation Transportation Model: Description

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This resource was part of AHRQ's Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011, in a realignment of Federal efforts.

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This report describes the overall structure of the Mass Evacuation Transportation Model and the two pilot tests conducted during its development.

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Investigators: Tom Rich, Project Director; Myfanwy Callahan


Chapter 1. Summary
Chapter 2. Model Description
   Model Calculations
Chapter 3: Pilot Test Sites
   New York
   Los Angeles
Appendix 1: Project Steering Committee Members
Appendix 2: New York City Pilot Test
   Modeling Assumptions
   Modeling Results
Appendix 3: Los Angeles Pilot Test
   Modeling Assumptions
   Modeling Results


Development of the Mass Evacuation Transportation Model was funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The authors would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). We would like to recognize the contributions of DoD project lead Captain F. Christy Music. Finally, we want to thank officials from the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Department (EPD), who allowed us to pilot test our mass evacuation transportation model in their cities. Special thanks go to Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner Joseph Bruno, (former) OEM Deputy Commissioner Edward Gabriel, (former) EPD General Manager Ellis Stanley, and EPD Division Chief Chris Ipsen.

AHRQ Publication No. 080102-1-EF
Current as of October 2008

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