Major City Evacuation Planning Using Simulation Modeling

Disaster, whether manmade or natural, can have a catastrophic impact on a populated area. Sometimes, the disaster is so devastating that it requires a large-scale evacuation. As a result, evacuation plans have become a necessity.

One such evacuation plan is the regional hub reception center (RHRC), which will help to evacuate the careless population when an evacuation is needed. The careless population is defined as “those without access to cars or those without the physical or economic means to evacuate”.

Using a simulation modeling software called AnyLogic, an RHRC model was developed to test the efficiency of the proposed plan. Since the RHRC could be a major tool used in future disasters, a study had to be performed to find the optimal amounts of staff, materials, space, and time needed for the facility to perform all of its necessary functions.

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