IMAAC

HAZMAT and CBRNE Resource: the Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Assessment Center

Jul 13, 2020 | Beth Hess

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.

IMAAC Provides:

  • 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.

Learn more at FEMA.GOV/IMAAC. To request the IMAAC support an exercise, send an email to IMAAC@fema.dhs.gov. Call the IMAAC Technical Operations Hub 24/7 at 877-240-1187.


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