The Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Assessment Center (IMAAC) provides a single point of contact for federal government coordination and dissemination of dispersion modeling and hazard prediction products to support response to real-world incidents involving HAZMAT or CBRNE. The IMAAC helps in the response to chemical and HAZMAT releases, spills, and incidents at no cost to responders. Examples include:
- Train derailments with a large HAZMAT release that results in an airborne cloud (for example, a large crude oil fire or vinyl chloride release);
- A tanker truck crash with a large chemical release that becomes an airborne cloud, such as chlorine.
- Emergency support – with no-cost activation, the IMAAC can be activated for real-world emergencies involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats and/or large-scale hazardous material atmospheric releases.
- Modeling products fast – the IMAAC provides modeling products and technical expertise for threat hazard interpretation quickly, regardless of the time of day or year.
- Response within 30 minutes and 24/7 access to experts – a technical operations hub at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is staffed 24/7 by CBRN subject-matter experts (SMEs).
- Exercise and planning support – in approximately 30 days, the IMAAC can support national and local level CBRN incident planning activities and exercises by coordinating and producing models for national threats.
- Real-time training participation – the IMAAC participates in training and preparation exercises to simulate real-time interaction with emergency personnel.