Canada-US Enhanced Resiliency Experiment Series "Cause III" – Northeastern Experiment After Action Report


  1. Cotter, D.
  2. Gusty, D.
  3. Caplan, M.
  4. Booth, J.
  5. Thomas, J.
  6. Estes Cohen, S.
  7. Endrulat, E.
  8. Amoabeng, M.
  9. Dawe, P.
  10. Kaminska, K.
  11. Pagotto, J.
  12. Forbes, K.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ON (CAN)
On December 7, 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper released the Beyond the Border (BTB) Action Plan. Specifically, the BTB Action Plan states that C anada and the United States (U.S.) will: “promote the harmonization of the Canadian Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System with the U.S. Integrated Public Alert and Warning System to enable sharing of alert, warning and incident information to improve response coordination during binational disasters.” To this end, the third Canada–U.S. Enhanced Resiliency III Experiment (CAUSE III) addressed this common goal in addition to several other initiatives. It was jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group, the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Centre for Security Science (CSS), and Public Safety Canada (PS). This cross-border initiative consisted of experiments held over the course of November 2014. This document reports the design, execution and findings from the experiment concerned with the Northeastern scenario that occurred during CAUSE III. Emergency management agencies in Nova Scotia and New Hampshire, supported by digital volunteers, tested the capability of officials to leverage social media. The experiment investigated the capabilities of the Canadian Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System (MASAS), the American Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the Mutual Aid Support System (MASS)
social media;digital volunteers;emergency management;disaster management;crisis communication
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-N096 — External Literature
Date of publication
01 Jun 2015
Number of Pages
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