This standalone software program is intended to allow users to model disaster scenarios for drill planning and to use as an education resource. The EMCAPS Model allows you to estimate casualties arising from biological (Anthrax, Plague, Food Contamination), chemical (blister, nerve and toxic agents) radiological (dirty bomb) or explosive (IED) attacks. These scenarios are based on the Department of Homeland Security Planning Scenarios (April 2005).
When you run the EMCAPS Model, you are able to select one of the scenarios we have listed above and adjust the various inputs (e.g., bomb size, population density, quantity of release, wind speed, etc) to most closely simulate your own environment. For the selected scenario, EMCAPS will then estimate casualties including levels of acuity. In other words, EMCAPS allows you to model the selected scenarios for your own community.
This tool is intended to allow plausible scenarios to be reasonably modeled to help planners better understand and assess preparedness and response capabilities needs. It is not intended to precisely model the physical behavior of WMD threat agents or the outcomes of specific threat condition.
For questions related to this tool please contact us at 410-735-6450.
EMCAPS was developed by The Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). This project was developed via funding from the Maryland Special Project program under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) FY 2005 Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program. We hope you find this helpful to your planning efforts.
- Click on the link below to download EMCAPS.
- When asked, SAVE the EMCAPS file into a new folder you create on your computer.
- When the download is complete, navigate to the folder and right click on the emcaps.zip file.
- Uncompress the .zip file using your zip/unzip utility.
- When the file has been unzipped, click on the file called "setup.exe".
- The installation will begin. Follow the instructions.
Please note that the EMCAPS program is only compatible with a PC environment.
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