In order to enhance cross-border Emergency Manager (EM) capabilities, interoperability and situational awareness (SA), Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Centre for Security Science (CSS), Public Safety (PS) Canada and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) have collaborated to design the Canada-U.S. Enhanced (CAUSE) Resiliency experiment series. This series used a scenario-based approach to simulate the use of interoperable and emerging technologies during cross-border emergencies.
Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE)
DHS S&T concluded the fifth Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE V) event last year, in partnership with Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS).
Join us for a webinar that will provide a summary of the November 2017 Canada-U.S. Enhanced (CAUSE) Resiliency Experiment, to include a discussion of the results and lessons learned from CAUSE V and previous CAUSE experiments, as well as next steps for cross-border information sharing.
When disaster strikes, we rush to our phones to call friends and family near the affected area to ensure they are safe, or we take to social media for the same purpose. Thousands of people trying to communicate through the same network at the same time in the same area results in the network becoming congested, sometimes failing, leaving people frustrated and worried. Imagine this communication failure happening to first responders when they are trying to respond to a disaster. Now imagine the disaster is affecting an international border where the network coverage switches from one domestic carrier to another or completely drops. This is a serious problem first responders should not have to deal with – especially in a disaster when seamless communications are a must.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Canada Department of National Defence’s Centre for Security Science will conduct the fifth Canada-U.S.
Emergency management officials and first responder agencies on both sides of the border between the United States and Canada will work together for an experiment in disaster response.
CAUSE V will take place from November 15-16, 2017, along the border between the Canadian province of British Columbia (B.C.) and the state of Washington (Wash.).
CAUSE IV was comprised of two vignettes, which evaluated the impact of technologies and applications on cross-border emergency response operations and medical operations. It was hypothesized that the use of the interoperable technologies would lead to improvements in the coordination of cross-border emergency responses.
The CAUSE IV Scenario 1 video focuses on maintaining interoperable communications between U.S. and Canadian hospitals and their ambulances crossing back and forth across the international border.
The CAUSE IV Scenario 2 video focuses on using alerts and warnings, social media, and existing public communications channels like 2-1-1 to alert the public about an impending tornado, gather information for targeting response efforts, and assessing damage quickly.
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), Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC)’s Centre for Security Science (CSS), and Public Safety Canada (PS).