White Sands Missile Range 2007 Urban Study (W07US): Data Analysis, Volume DA-1 (Analysis of Disaster Response Drills and Concurrent Atmospheric Data)

Report No. ARL-TR-5706
Authors: Gail Vaucher
Date/Pages: October 2011; 128 pages
Abstract: This research is intended to calibrate the effectiveness of the 2007 Army Research Laboratory (ARL) safety procedures, by analyzing coincident atmospheric measurements sampled during three disaster response drills. In 2007, ARL conducted an urban field study called White Sands Missile Range 2007 Urban Study or "W07US," which characterized the airflow and stability around an urban building. Three disaster response drills were executed concurrently with the atmospheric data acquisition. These drills included Simulated Fire, Bomb and Airborne Chemical Release threats. This report describes the atmospheric measurements acquired during the W07US field study drills, the human response for each drill and evaluates the effectiveness of the safety procedures executed, with respect to the concurrent atmospheric conditions. The multiple observations are reduced to practical "lessons learned." A post-script section highlights some of the subsequent safety procedure changes and technology developments that have resulted from this investigation.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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