Canada-US Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE) V – Public Safety Broadband Wireless Communications


  1. Fournier, J.
  2. Gurnick, J.
  3. Tomich, S.
  4. Wilson, J.
  5. Nadeau, C.
  6. Laflèche, S.
  7. Auger, C.
  8. Picard, V.
  9. Lafrenière, V.
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, which set out joint priorities and specific initiatives for cross-border collaboration [1].. A common goal within this partnership focused on enhancing the coordination of responses during binational disasters. Specifically, the plan states that Canada and the United States will “focus on cross-border interoperability as a means of harmonizing cross-border emergency communications efforts.” The Canada–US Enhanced Resiliency (CAUSE) experiment series addresses this binational goal and hypothesizes that technologically enhanced multi-agency and cross-border Situational Awareness (SA) and communications interoperability [2] measurably improves regional resilience. The fifth experiment in this series, CAUSE V was once again jointly sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group (FRG), the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Centre for Security Science (CSS) and Public Safety Canada (PS Canada). This cross-border initiative consisted of a single experiment, performed in November 2017, based on a simulated eruption of Mount Baker in Washington State and the ensuing lahar flows to river valleys in Canada and the US. This border region between British Columbia and Washington State is understandably important for both countries. There are three border crossings, of which one is the t

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wireless;broadband;long term evolution (LTE)communications networks;public safety communications;700 MHz;Situational Awareness;Canada-US cross-border communications
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2018-R239 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2018
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