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Emergency Management Planning (2008-2009)

International Table Top Exercise (2009)
The United States of America’s Department of Homeland Security was leading an International Table Top Exercise in conjunction with our local Emergency Management resources from Sault Ste. Marie Ontario and Michigan. The CGC was asked to participate as members of the planning team, provide maps of the area detailing critical infrastructure and demographic information, as well as the involvement with live data throughout the exercise. There were members attending from the private and public sectors including representation from local, provincial/state, and federal governments. The exercise was very informative to everyone in attendance and the next stage would be to plan a training scenario in the near future.

Localized Mock Disaster in Sault Ste. Marie (2008)
Community Geomatics Centre (CGC) staff assisted the City of Sault Ste. Marie, EMS and Fire Services, Algoma Public Health, and the 48th filed regiment during a mock disaster scenario through assess to their GIS staff and wealth of GIS data. The CGC staff assisted by leveraging data from the GIS to help with evacuation planning, determine the effect of the disaster on municipal infrastructure and assess the aerial hazards. The mock disaster scenario involved a train colliding with a truck carrying liquid Benzene which exploded on impact. The Aerial Hazard was modeled using ALOHA (Aerial Location of Hazardous Atmospheres) to determine what area should be evacuated, the potential impact the damage would cause, and the level of harm an individual may experience. An environmental assessment associated with water runoff was conducted to determine how far the liquid benzene would likely travel within the City’s storm sewer infrastructure. Further analysis concerning the electrical infrastructure involved a network trace to determine where power outages would possibly occur. The use of multiple data sources within a timely fashion resulted in a very successful scenario.

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