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CBD Focus Areas - Response and Recovery

CBD Focus Areas - Response and Recovery

The Response and Recovery focuses on returning things to normal following a chemical or biological incident. This involves the development of plans, , technologies, capabilities, and tools for remediation. The goal is to put decision support tools into the hands of urban and rural emergency planners and first responders.

The Urban Model Integration Project will develop an integrated modeling suite that can efficiently and accurately track transport between outdoor, indoor and underground environments for two modes. A software that addresses all these areas is necessary to not only optimize detection resources, but also assess attribution based on real-time detection data and other available air and surface sampling data.

Protective equipment that maximizes endurance and physical comfort of Maritime Security and Response Teams (MSRT) team members during high-stress, opposed boarding maritime operations in chemical/biological response environments is critical to incident response and control. Development of a Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) compatible with current M53 masks and compact Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will support MSRT members during high risk, physically demanding, chemical/biological incidents.

The Underground Transport BioDetection Test Bed Project builds upon an existing partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (MTA NYCT) through installation of a bio-agent detection testbed in the city’s subway system. This test bed will serve as a testing and evaluation site, allowing for validation of new technologies.

Development of next generation city planning and biological event response decision making tool for FEMA and municipal city planners is key for planning for the consequences of a biological event in multiple U.S. cities. The Biological City Planning Resource tool will provide quantitative Biological effects data and products to FEMA Planners including technically and scientifically validated consequence data. These data will identify potentially impacted critical infrastructure in a biological event, and potential health effects for populations.

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