The First Annual US-Canada Enterprise Resiliency Experiment

The first annual Enterprise Resilience Experiment (ERE) was conducted as a collaborative effort between the Canada and U.S. on June 21, 2011. The Canada-U.S. Experiment ERE (CAUSE-ERE) was the first attempt to develop an approach to test and evaluate new technologies within an emergency management scenario. The CAUSE-ERE was based on a massive Cascadian earthquake that would disrupt the west coast of North America from Oregon through Vancouver, British Columbia.

The experiment was aimed at exploring the technology and collaboration opportunities between municipal, provincial (or state and local) and international jurisdictions through the development of a scenario based on a major earthquake in the Cascadian subduction zone off the coast of Oregon. From DRDC, a documentary around the process is being developed and covers the participation of a number of other organizations that provided support and solutions for the experiment, namely: Natural Resources Canada, ESRI Canada, GeoBC, Emergeo, Simon Fraser University (SFU), MyStateUSA and Planetworks Consulting.

The technologies included from Canada included:

• BCeMAP: An advanced browser based mapping and aggregation system used for Situational Awareness in BC and developed by ESRI Canada.
• MASAS: Multi Agency Situational Awareness System – a solution for sharing authoritative location-based situational awareness information, in near real time, within Canada’s emergency management community and across the border.
• CAP/ATOM Message Generator: a message generation tool that can simulation the generation of multiple messages from many sources to feed the MASAS hub and consuming systems.
• Emergeo mapping and FusionPoint: Crisis information management system providing simple logging and reporting, real-time data fusion, and geospatial information integration.
• AMECom: Advanced Mobile Emergency Communications Vehicle – A specialized vehicle capable of rapidly deploying advanced communications throughout regions of British Columbia and providing community communications and power support and cross-agency communication interoperation
• ETeam: The Provincial Incident Management system developed by NC4.
• Ushahidi: Crowd sourcing tool for gathering public information on major incidents.
• Hazus-MH: The FEMA methodology and tool set that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes and currently being Canadianized by Natural Resources Canada.

The technologies included from the U.S. included:

• Situational Assessment Mapper: takes pictures from a handheld device, geo-tags information, adds metadata and comments, saves information to a database, and displays on a web-based map
• Live Wall: allows communication between separate groups using an interactive video, audio, and a shared desktop environment
• Real Time Evaluation Planning Model (RTEPM): models vehicle evacuation routes
• Scalable Reasoning System (SRS) Social Networking Analysis: allows trending of social media information to be easily summaries and situational awareness to be enhanced
• Mobile Alerting: a research tool being used for building evacuation planning but was used in this case to support search and rescue
• Mobile Epiphany: a commercial capability quickly tailored for shelter induction and to support family re-unification after a disaster

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