Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 125–130

The Role of Simulation and Modeling in Disaster Management

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10916-006-9047-7

Cite this article as:
Steward, D. & Wan, T.T.H. J Med Syst (2007) 31: 125. doi:10.1007/s10916-006-9047-7


The threat of pandemic disaster has motivated many collaborative exercises for the purpose of preparation and evaluation. The nature of these exercises depends upon the status of pre-existing expectations for system behavior and the aims of the exercise stakeholders. The contents of this article argue that these exercises may be developed using the same approach as simulation modeling to advantage. Four levels of maturity are outlined as a guide to understanding reasonable expectations for such activity.


Disaster management Simulation Modeling Tabletop exercise 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, College of Health and Public AffairsUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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