Title

Port of Long Beach Emergency Management Assesement via the Consequences Assessment Tool Set (CATS)

Publication Date

12-2004

Committee Chair

Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Robert Rapanut
Payal Kamdar

Abstract

This project addresses several baseline analytical requirements necessary to the mitigation, preparation, and identification and planning stages of a crisis. The processing of spatial information in a Geographic Information System is employed in order to better understand several spatial questions. What demographic areas and population segments may require the highest levels of government assistance? What areas would be affected following a toxic release or disaster incident at a critical facility, and what medical facilities would be rendered unusable. Where is critical infrastructure, and what are the associated attributes? With the correct data, any number of other questions could be answered prior to, or during, a disaster situation.

Every emergency planner and responder must operate in the three dimensional world. Every planner should also see the environment as it is before being exposed to the dangers of an emergency situation, and 3D analysis and visualization provides this medium.

The reader of this report and the user of the corresponding data will have a limited understanding of a much larger homeland security problem, and a realization of the limits that emergency planners must face in order to provide a sense of security to the nation’s population.

The focus of this report is on the maritime Port of Long Beach, California and its surroundings.

Full text is available at the University of Redlands

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