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Improving Homeland Security Decisions by Detlof von Winterfeldt, Milind Tambe, Ali E. Abbas

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7 Regional Transportation and Supply Chain Modeling for Large-Scale Emergencies

Maged Dessouky, Fernando Ordóñez, Zhihong Shen, and Hongzhong Jia

7.1 Introduction

Large-scale emergencies (or major emergencies) are defined as any event or occurrence that overwhelms local emergency responders, that severely impacts the operation of normal life, and that has the potential to cause substantial casualties and property damage. Examples are natural disasters (earthquake, hurricane, flooding, etc.) and terrorist attacks, like the one that took place on September 11, 2001. To manage the risks and consequences of large-scale emergencies and to mitigate their impacts to the population, wide-scale distribution plans of medical supplies must be developed.

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