Models, Tools and Applications for Homeland Security Research
EPA develops models, tools, and applications that can be readily used by partners to prevent, prepare for, and recover from contamination incidents involving chemical, biological, and radiological agents.
Securing and Sustaining Water Systems
EPA develops products for water quality surveillance and response. These products help:
- optimize water quality sensor placement
- design decontamination strategies for contaminated drinking water systems
- develop methods for increasing the resilience of water systems
Products are all available for download at no cost under open-source licenses.
- CANARY for contamination event detection
- EPANET-MSX to model complex reactions in water distribution systems
- TEVA-SPOT graphical user interface for optimal placement of water quality sensors
- TEVA-SPOT Toolkit command-line interface for optimal placement of water quality sensors
Characterizing Contamination and Determining Risk
Characterizing site contamination is an important part of EPA's homeland security research program. Sampling protocols, sample preparation methods, and analytical methods are being developed and verified for chemical, biological, and radiological agents. Additional research supports risk assessment methodologies and crisis communication techniques, such as message mapping.
- Message mapping uses risk and crisis communication during water security emergencies
- Message mapping finds out what the public wants to know during a water emergency
- Rapid viability polymerase chain reaction (RV PCR) protocol for detecting Bacillus anthracis
- RV-PCR - Development and Verification of Rapid Viability Polymerase Chain Reaction (RV-PCR) Protocols for Bacillus anthracis - For Application to Air Filters, Water, and Surface Samples
- Selected Analytical Methods (SAM) online database & resources
Remediating Indoor and Outdoor Environments
EPA provides procedures and methods to help contain and mitigate contamination including techniques on how to remediate or decontaminate indoor and outdoor environments following contamination with chemical, biological, or radiological agents.
- Incident Waste Assessment & Tonnage Estimator (I-WASTE) used with the decision support tool for waste disposal
- Life Cycle Cost Analysis Tool (LCAT) for determining cost effective retrofitting to protect buildings
- Incident Waste Decision Support Tool (I-WASTE DST) Login Site
- Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Tool (LCAT) - Building Retrofits For Increased Protection Against Airborne CBR Releases