An XML subset for emergencies

Ive just discovered that an XML subset has been developed for reporting emergencies. This allows emergency response agencies to exchange information in a standardised format. According to the wiki written about the new subset: “The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is a standard digital format for expressing the essential content of effective warning messages, regardless of…

More about Hurricane Pam

According to an AP report the Hurricane Pam simulation last year predicted 61,290 dead and 384,257 injured if a hurricane were to hit New Orleans. The report says: “Under FEMAs direction, federal and state officials began working on the $1 million Hurricane Pam project in July 2004, when 270 experts gathered in Baton Rouge, La.,…

Hurricane Katrina and the limits of simulation

According to a report in the Guardian, US officials held a simulation in 2004 called Hurricane Pam, based on a scenario in which a hurricane destroyed half a million buildings in New Orleans. However, the confident statements made after the simulation seem to belong to a different world to the reports coming out of the…