Capability Calculators

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Public Safety and Security Response (PSSR) Capability Calculator

This free tool estimates the resources a jurisdiction may need to execute a public safety and security response (PSSR) to a large event (e.g., a concert or sporting event) or an incident (e.g., a riot or terrorist attack). The calculator also estimates the costs associated with a PSSR.

PSSR teams are capable of managing large-scale operations during an emergency or a public event. Critical operations conducted by these teams include crowd management, traffic control and enforcement, and establishment of a general saturation presence. Through these operations, PSSR teams maintain order and preserve the peace. Teams are trained to operate in a variety of environments, including environments that have sustained chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) exposure. PSSR teams engage in routine training to maintain an advanced skill level.

There are two different categories of PSSR resources included in this calculator:

  • Crowd Control Team: A Crowd Control Team must be prepared to manage crowds, control traffic, and maintain a general saturation presence in an effort to maintain order and preserve the peace. Crowd Control Teams are prepared to operate in CBRN environments.
  • Perimeter and Checkpoint Team: A Perimeter and Checkpoint Team must be prepared to manage crowds, control traffic, and secure the area’s perimeter using perimeter patrols and checkpoints.

The tool calculates initial and life-cycle costs for acquiring and maintaining the PSSR capability. Users can customize the types, costs, and quantities of personnel and equipment to reflect their jurisdiction’s needs. The tool helps estimate jurisdiction-specific costs to assist with budget forecasting and grant investment justification.

Explosive Device Response Operations (EDRO) Capability Calculator

This free tool was developed to help bomb squad commanders and response planners determine the number of bomb teams needed within a squad based on the risks faced by the jurisdiction(s) they support. The tool estimates bomb team demand by considering a jurisdiction’s population, likely attack profile, and critical infrastructure/key resources. Bomb team demand estimates by population are derived by a survey of bomb squads across 23 counties and cities of different sizes and characteristics. The population estimates are further refined through TCL 2.0 planning factors as they relate to differing attack profiles and as selected by the user. Finally, bomb team requirements may be adjusted to account for threats to critical infrastructure.

Non-Medical Points of Distribution (POD) Capability Calculator

This free tool was developed to assist emergency planners in determining the appropriate number of Non-Medical Points of Distribution (PODs) to maintain in their jurisdiction. The suggested number of PODs is based on population, as set forth by the USACE. In addition, the tool presents initial and life-cycle costs for acquiring and maintaining this resource. Planners can customize the costs and quantities of personnel and equipment to reflect the realities and needs of their jurisdiction. In this way, the tool can provide jurisdiction-specific costs to assist with budgeting and the preparation of investment justification proposals.

Weapons of Mass Destruction/Hazardous Materials Response (WMD/HAZMAT) Capability Calculator

This free tool was developed to assist emergency planners in determining the appropriate number of WMD/HAZMAT teams to maintain in their jurisdiction. The suggested number of teams is based on risk factors specified in the Target Capability List 3.0. In addition, the tool presents initial and life-cycle costs for acquiring and maintaining these teams. Planners can customize the costs and quantities of personnel and equipment to reflect the realities and needs of their jurisdiction. In this way, the tool can provide jurisdiction-specific costs to assist with budgeting and the preparation of investment justification proposals.