Using Simulation, Modeling and Visualization to Prepare First Responders for Homeland Defense


Magnus Morin,Johan Jenvald,Mona J. Crissey


Terrorism with weapons of mass destruction presents numerous challenges to authorities and responders in the public safety area. Training is extremely important to establish and tune an effective and efficient response system capable of handling chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear events. The paper characterizes the unique conditions for training responders from multiple agencies within separate jurisdictions. Examples from four full-scale emergency response exercises cover weapons of mass-destruction, urban environments, and political violence. In each such live simulation exercise, computer support based on modeling and visualization supported feedback and evaluation to promote effective cross-organizational learning.