Value Focused Metrics for Improved Emergency Management Planning – Part 2: Identification and Assessment of Mission Tasks

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Authors
  1. T. Maxwell, D.T.
  2. Davis, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN);KaDSci LLC, Springfield VA (USA)
Abstract
This report is part two of a four part series describing how a decision analytic modeling approach called Value Focused Metrics (VFM) was applied to emergency management planning processes in two cities on Vancouver Island using four disaster scenarios. This volume focuses on the identification and assessment of specific tasks that are accomplished to support the achievement of the objectives identified in the first phase of the project. This second report builds on the first phase, discussing what was learned in the task elicitation and impact assessment process that was executed in May and July of 2013. Some of the key findings include the development of evidence that this kind of process has significant potential for improving emergency management planning and assessment processes. That said, the research team identified a collection of limitations to current capabilities, particularly in the area of software. In particular, larger models for the more complex scenarios exceeded the computational capability of the free software. Additionally, larger models were difficult to visualize on one screen. Some of the most important contributions of this work are the problem decomposition strategies that were developed to support computation, visualization, and analysis of model results.

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Keywords
Emergency Management;Prevention;Mitigation;Preparedness;Response;Recovery;Emergency Planning;Value Focused Thinking;Value Focused Metrics;Mission to task analysis;Strategy to task analysis;Risk Management;Community planning;Models;Objectives;Metrics
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-CR-2013-021 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2013
Number of Pages
63
DSTKIM No
CA038089
CANDIS No
538110
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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