first_imgPNNL Debuts Tool to Explore National Response Framework When a disaster strikes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Response Framework outlines an organized process for response. To more easily navigate the framework, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) designed the National Response Framework Policy Landscape Analysis Tool (NRF-PLAT) to visually capture the document’s 470-plus requirements, recommendations, and other elements.“The declaration of an emergency triggers a complex set of interactions among federal, state, local, tribal, and non-government organizations as well as individuals. Our tool was designed to make those complexities, and ultimately our nation’s response processes, easier to understand,” said Kristin Omberg, group leader of PNNL’s Chemical and Biological Signatures group.A team of PNNL scientists and engineers analyzed the intricacies of the framework and translated its structure-nearly 100 pages of text-into a user-friendly, no-cost visualization tool. Users can view and visually parse the framework’s many elements in the form of icicle and sunburst charts.Screenshot of NRF-PLAT sunburst visualization. (Visualization by Lyndsey Franklin | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)“The visualizations more easily convey, for example, the requirements assigned to the federal government versus individuals, families, and households for a particular disaster response,” said Yavana Ganesh, post-bachelor research associate in PNNL’s Chemical and Biological Signatures group.The tool builds on PNNL’s previous effort to visualize the complex relationships within the U.S biodefense enterprise. The Biodefense Policy Landscape Analysis Tool (B-PLAT) has been viewed by thousands of unique visitors since its launch in 2018.“These types of tools are helping make our nation’s guiding documents more accessible to users of all skill levels and interests,” said Justine Spencer, national security specialist in PNNL’s Global Security Technology and Policy group.The tool is free to use and available to scientists, government officials, and others interested in national response. Click here to access NRF-PLAT directly. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:biological, Chemical, disaster, Emergency, Emergency Management, Federal, federal government, Government, launch, pacific, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL, research, Scientists, security, technologylast_img