In support of FEMA and the Federal interagency Modeling and Data Working Group, the Talus team developed an interactive online inventory describing the models and data used in Federal emergency response and performed network analysis to better understand their use and the flow of information between those responsible for emergency management in the US.
The Emergency Support Function Leadership Group Model and Data Inventory (ESFLG MoDI) describes the data and models used by the Federal emergency management community, including quick summaries, detailed technical information, and the connections between the datasets and models to support a diversity of users. Access and point of contact information are provided for each model and dataset, and each is tagged with key information about how and when it is useful during emergency response and for which hazard(s) it is applicable. The inventory is based on interviews with subject matter experts and senior leadership across the federal emergency response community and the analysis was incorporated into standard procedures for operational response. This work builds upon extensive analysis over multiple years for hurricanes, earthquakes, and scenarios for response to detonation of an improvised nuclear device, with the most recent work focusing on floods and biological outbreaks (both naturally occurring and as a result of bioterrorism).