Georgia Tech releases model for food distribution

Emergency Management Alert, October 14, 2008

The Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a model to gauge food distribution and school closings during a potential pandemic flu, according to Science Daily. In the future, other states may use the model to develop their own plans, and perhaps expand it to include vaccine distribution and hospital capacity needs.
The current model, developed by associate professor Julie Swann and graduate student Ali Ekici, intends to help the American Red Cross evaluate how and where to distribute food. The model includes such considerations as self-quarantine, and the effect school closings might have in containing the virus. Comprehensive graphics of the state show roughly which locations the virus would hit hardest, depending on which county it originated from. These variables could also help medical facilities pinpoint the greatest demand for medical assistance.
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