Scenario Planning and Simulation in Disaster Response

M Halizahari, Muhammad Ridwan Wong, Noor Diyana Fazan Ahmad, Ruzaidin Zain, Noor Azmi Hj Zainol


This study examines disaster response effectiveness. This workshop was preceded by a case scenario featuring an explosion in a heavily populated Kuala Lumpur City, Malaysia, produced by the researchers. The agencies involved used this case scenario as a storyline to implement the response. The coordination efforts undertaken by each agency can be seen. It is plain to see the efforts of collaboration that each agency has been putting forth. Focus group discussion served as one forum for debating the course of action taken; at the same time, the action taken by each agency involved should align with the roles and responsibilities outlined. During the workshop, it was revealed that it assisted researchers in better understanding agencies' disaster response process in identifying shortcomings, determining gaps, and improving on the processes already in place for disaster response. However, it was noted that the success of implementing SP&S lies in the involvement and participation of each agency. Therefore, it can be concluded that communication and coordination between agencies are very important in the success of an operation, not only during SP&S but also during disaster response.


Scenario planning; simulation; collaborative disaster management; disaster management agencies; SP&S activity model

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