New AHRQ Tool Estimates Transportation Needs in Emergency Situations

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, January 2009

AHRQ released a model to help Federal, State, and local emergency planners estimate the number of vehicles and drivers, road capacity, and other resources they will need to evacuate patients and others from health care facilities in disaster areas. Emergency planners can enter into the model any number of evacuating and receiving facilities and specific conditions that could affect transportation plans. The model will estimate the resources and hours needed to move patients from evacuating facilities to receiving facilities, based on assumptions that the planner specifies. The Web-based Mass Evacuation Transportation Planning Model was developed by AHRQ and the Department of Defense with funding from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The model helps communities move one step closer to an integrated emergency response system that can track, move, and regulate patients and evacuees during a mass casualty or evacuation.

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