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On May 1, 2010, when al-Qaeda sympathizer Faisal Shahzad attempted to detonate an improvised explosive device hidden in a parked car in the middle of New York’s Times Square, first responders had to rely on their knowledge of evacuation guidelines that for decades have only been accessible via bulky, hardcopy binders.

Although Shahzad’s bomb failed to detonate, the lessons from the response to that potentially deadly attack were not lost on the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate (S&T). Keep reading →

In the first chaotic moments after a reported bomb threat, first responders have myriad questions, assessments, and decisions to make amid rapidly changing circumstances.

How large is the potential blast radius? Where will we evacuate people? Any schools, hospitals nearby? What roads should be closed? And on and on…. Keep reading →