Doug Bedell — April 19, 2017, 9:02 am

Pittsburgh Prepares for Smog, a Summer Security Concern


While this post is afield from perimeter security, it’s a great example of being prepared for adversity, a basic security tenet. Government Security News reports on an “emergency preparedness resilience workshop” by the City of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Intermedix on the subject of . . . smog.

“The three organizations,” GSN advises, “put on a daylong workshop at the university aimed at exploring how emergency response technology would work with predictive simulations to prepare the region for an air quality combined with a heat wave disaster of the magnitude of the killer Donora smog event in 1948.”

“We recognize that air quality is one of the primary stressors facing the region,” said Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Pittsburgh. “In talking with emergency response professionals, some of their concerns center around the question of what happens when normal events occur simultaneously to create cascading effects that put strains on systems. What we aim to do is model a historical event, like the Donora smog, and place it in a modern context.”

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