Spotlight Sessions (SLP) – Open to All

SLP2-2 Enhancing Emergency Management Capabilities

May 14, 2014

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Donald A. Bansleben, Ph.D.

Program Manager, Chemical and Biological Defense Division

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T)

Bruce A. Davis, Ph.D.

Program Manager, Resilient Systems Division

Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Anne Hultgren

Branch Chief, Chem/Bio R&D

Chemical and Biological Defense Division
Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

John Price

RSIT Branch Chief

Command, Control and Interoperability
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is there to protect our nation’s citizens, but Science & Technology (S&T) specifically is there to anticipate how those threats will evolve and how we can counter them before it’s too late.  Through wide-ranging partnerships, S&T is charged with delivering innovative solutions to strengthen America's security and resiliency.  S&T pursues a better understanding of stakeholder needs and requirements, and develops innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges faced during day-to-day and large-scale emergencies.

To ensure increased responder safety and effectiveness; effective communications among responder disciplines; and a common operating picture, this panel will showcase a number of initiatives representing S&T’s work in preparing for, detecting, responding to and recovering from an incident.  S&T scientist and engineers will discuss how they’re working in cross-disciplines to understand a host of challenges, measure where resources are falling short, and looking to apply knowledge and findings in labs and testing environments. 

Learning Objectives: 

The panel will focus on four programs and technologies that support:

  • Standard Unified Modeling Mapping Integrated Toolkit (SUMMIT)
    • Develops accurate and reliable estimates of hazards from a wide range of natural and terrorist events, analyzes and uses route mapping to effectively manage transportation assets during mass evacuations or the post-event flow of emergency supplies, and conducts analyses to provide a better understanding of possible impacts from natural disasters and terrorist events.
  • Early Detection/Warning – Detect-to-Protect
    • Our national infrastructure remains vulnerable, inviting the possibility of a biological attack on major facilities, such as large office buildings, subways, stadiums, and airports.
    • S&T initiated the Detect-to-Protect (D2P) Bio-Aerosol Detection program to combat this threat.  Through the program, S&T is now testing bio-aerosol sensors that can identify and confirm the release of biological agents within minutes.
  • Predictive Analytics Capability for Response - Evacuation System Modernization
    • Providing a gap analysis of the National Hurricane Program (NHP) components and general hurricane preparedness and response, conducting interviews of key stakeholders at all levels of government, and creating a report of recommendations for NHP modernization.
    • Creating a sustained presence for modeling and simulation within FEMA’s NHP to allow state-of-the-art analysis that is currently only used during operational response activities to be leveraged during planning activities, thus creating a more cohesive emergency response plan.
  • Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, or FINDER
    • Emergency Managers often refer to the window of time where a victim’s rescue greatly increases their chance of survival as the golden hour.
    • Using low-power microwave radar to detect small movements from breathing and the heartbeat of a buried victim, FINDER quickly directs rescuers to survivors, thereby allowing additional victims to be identified who might have otherwise been lost.

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