Thanks to Chuck Matthews at Ecology for sharing a new tool from USGS: the Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst!
This free, downloadable software is designed for use by researchers examining the pedestrian-evacuation potential of an at-risk community. In communities where modeled evacuation times exceed the event (for example, tsunami wave) arrival time, researchers can use the software with emergency managers to assess the area and population served by potential vertical-evacuation options. By automating and managing the modeling process, the software allows researchers to concentrate efforts on providing crucial and timely information on community vulnerability to sudden-onset hazards.
Learn more at http://pubs.usgs.gov/tm/11/c09/, or go directly to the tool at http://geography.wr.usgs.gov/science/vulnerability/tools.html.
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