About the project
Intentional attacks on the food supply can have catastrophic impacts on the health of the population.
In localized events the ability to expand healthcare to meet sudden, and potentially prolonged, demand is of great concern. Risk Sciences International (RSI), a global riskmanagement organization was funded by The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD), a US Homeland Security Center of Excellence, to develop a simulation-based tool to explore the current surge capacity under various forms of attack on the US food supply.
As terrorist attacks can take many forms, the simulation tool had to be adaptable for a number of possible events involving different chemicals, locations and magnitudes. In addition, the unexpected nature of an attack meant the tool had to provide fast, accurate results that could easily be used by emergency planning teams.
"It was important that the simulation tool could be effectively used by the planning team without any prior knowledge of simulation software.
This was to ensure the tool was as widely accessible as possible. Having the ability to access the simulation remotely via Simul8 ASP was vital as it meant the planning team was not confined to an office and could access the tool anywhere on the ground."