Thursday, October 21, 2010
Carnegie Mellon Participates in the Great Shakeout
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley researchers participated today in the Great ShakeOut, a California-wide emergency preparedness drill. 2010 is the second year of The Great California ShakeOut, a drill designed to educate the public about how to protect themselves during a large earthquake, and how to get prepared. It will be the largest earthquake drill to ever take place in the United States. Students, faculty and staff joined over 7 million Californians in participating in a surprise earthquake evacuation drill.
The Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Disaster Management Initiative (DMI) conducted tests through the Santa Clara Emergency Wireless Network (SCEWN) to test functionality and effectiveness of their backup wireless internet system in case of earthquake conditions. DMI also participated in an emergency water rescue exercise in Menlo Park, with researchers remotely monitoring the exercise from campus via a Common Operating Picture interface.
"The Common Operating Picture interface allows multiple emergency response units to observe identical situational updates in real time, greatly reducing the confusion that can occur when several jurisdictions come together in response to a major incident," says Steve Ray, associate director of DMI. "Having the opportunity to test some of our developing technologies with professional emergency practitioners provides us with valuable lessons on the usability and robustness of the solutions.”