Cities need tools to optimize evacuation protocol and procedures.
Before, during and after a natural disaster, cities need to execute evacuations in a safe and timely manner.
To determine possible evacuation zones and routes of travel, emergency leaders use existing risk maps and models - typically a single summary with information on the built and natural environment that may be out-of-date.
WIthout the ability to take in the specifics of an event, evacuation planning can be challenged by faulty assumptions that may not reflect the dynamic nature of natural disasters.
This shortfall can lead to a host of complications: including traffic jams and risk to residents from vehicle accidents, poorly managed closures of hospitals and enterprises, and poor overall management of evacuations - potentially resulting in too few or too many people evacuating, and poor timing of evacuation orders.
One Concern’s solution gives emergency leaders a superior understanding of their risk environment - leading to more accurate evacuation plans before, during and after a disaster event .
Days preceding a storm or typhoon, leaders can understand, with increasing accuracy, the probable impacts of the approaching event.
In the aftermath of an earthquake, leaders can understand which areas are most likely to have suffered the most damage on a block-by-block level.
With a more comprehensive understanding of their operating environment, emergency professionals can immediately identify which regions will need to be evacuated and in what order, what routes of travel will be available to use for evacuation and emergency services, and what critical infrastructure will be accessible.