Dr. Ahsan Habib was invited to present DalTRAC’s work on evacuation planning to the Atlantic zone volunteer members of the Canadian Red Cross at 6pm on October 17. Each month, as part of preparedness activities and education, Red Cross volunteers meet to debrief on local responses, receive updates from the organization, learn new skills, complete team building exercises, and much more. Dr. Habib explained the evacuation simulation study to the volunteers and emphasized the key lessons learned including the need to reduce evacuation time and importance of preparing for vulnerable evacuees. DalTRAC’s work for the Halifax peninsula is of great interest to the Red Cross volunteers as they provide basic and immediate needs such as feeding, lodging, personal services, etc. during responses to disasters or evacuations. DalTRAC’s work relating to evacuating has received significant media attention in the last year.

Dr. Ahsan Habib presents his evacuation simulation research to Red Cross volunteers

Dr. Ahsan Habib presents his evacuation simulation research to Red Cross volunteers

Dr. Ahsan Habib discusses evacuating the Halifax peninsula with Red Cross volunteers

Dr. Ahsan Habib discusses evacuating the Halifax peninsula with Red Cross volunteers