Accession Number : ADA464028


Title :   Development of Metrics to Evaluate Effectiveness of Emergency Response Operations


Corporate Author : VIRGINIA UNIV CHARLOTTESVILLE


Personal Author(s) : Brown, Donald E ; Robinson, C D


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a464028.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2005


Pagination or Media Count : 50


Abstract : The overall effectiveness of an emergency response to a large scale disaster is a difficult entity to measure. Every disaster is different and every response is different. In fact, similar events leave totally different results in their aftermath. For example a category two hurricane might inflict much more damage than a category four, depending on the location of impact. Additionally, the emergency response to a flood in rural Mississippi will be totally different than the emergency response to a flood in New Orleans, LA. To effectively measure the overall response to any of these events, proper metrics must be used and interpreted appropriately. This paper will focus primarily on a macro-scale evaluation of the initial assessment and assistance given directly following a natural or manmade disaster. The long term effects and rebuilding of an affected area will not be considered. Furthermore this paper will be constrained to looking at a high level view of assessment rather than at specific methods used to achieve selected goals.


Descriptors :   *EMERGENCIES , *RESPONSE , *NATURAL DISASTERS , MEASUREMENT , VERIFICATION , VALIDATION , WOUNDS AND INJURIES , SEARCH AND RESCUE , HURRICANES , RURAL AREAS , FLOODS , SAFETY , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , RESCUES , OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS


Subject Categories : Safety Engineering
      Escape, Rescue and Survival


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE