Real Time Evacuation Planning Model (RtePM)
The Real Time Evacuation Planning Model (RtePM) was developed in response to emergency managers' desire for an easy to use, quick tool to estimate the time required to evacuate an area in response to a natural or man-made disaster, including hurricanes, nuclear power plant disasters, wildfires, floods (including dam breaks) and hazardous material incidents.
Scientists from the Center for Innovative Transportation Solutions working in conjunction with the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center expanded upon the work of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to improve the capability of the Real Time Evacuation Planning Model, which was originally developed by for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate.
RtePM (pronounced "route PM") is a hands on evacuation planning program which provides users a way to use modeling and simulation tools to evaluate the feasibility of an evacuation.
RtePM allows the user to set parameters and conditions including the area to be evacuated, the number of roads available, the number of evacuees and how fast they are able to travel during the evacuation scenario.
The program is designed to help municipal and regional planners prepare for an emergency. By providing clear and specific information, RtePM makes it simple to spot potential problems before they arise.
RtePM is a free tool available to anyone interested in modeling evacuations. Users can start creating evacuation scenarios, or they can explore the in depth tutorials and guides that are provided.
Visit the RtePM site to begin exploring the features and tutorials.